Landlord/Tenant Disputes

Landlord/tenant disputes are some of the most frequent disputes in Florida -- especially in the current economic client. It is important for both tenants and landlords to know their rights and responsibilities. The landlord-tenant relationship can develop in housing rental situations or in commercial rental/lease situations. The Florida legislature has created three sections of landlord/tenant law: 1)      Non-Residential Tenancies 2)      Residential Tenancies 3)      Self-Service Storage Space Seidensticker and San Filippo are skilled in resolving disputes in all three areas of Florida’s landlord/tenant law.

Types of Landlord/Tenant Disputes

There are several types of landlord/tenant disputes that commonly arise:
  • Dispute over terms in a lease agreement
  • Tenant rights and responsibilities
  • Landlord rights and responsibilities
  • Breach of contract
  • Habitability disputes
  • Missed rent payments
  • Title disputes
  • Evictions
  • Property damage disputes
  • Security deposit disputes

Non-Residential (Commercial) Landlord/Tenant Law

The Florida legislature assumes that both parties to a commercial lease agreement have equal access to information and resources. In business transactions, companies generally have access to attorneys who can help them draft the contracts or otherwise interpret contracts to make sure that their interests are fairly represented. Very little protection is provided to commercial tenants under this statute. If you own a company that is planning to lease commercial property, or if you own commercial property that you plan to lease to a company, you need to have a skilled business lawyer on your side. Seidensticker and San Filippo are experienced business attorneys who can help you to draft or review the terms of your lease agreement. If you are involved in a commercial landlord/tenant dispute, they can help you to resolve the dispute in the most favorable manner.

Residential Landlord/Tenant Law

The Florida legislature understands that there are often large discrepancies in bargaining power when it comes to residential landlord/tenant relationships. Landlords often have much more bargaining power than do the tenants who live on their property. Therefore, the legislature has provided significant guidance in the law to help protect tenants. They outline strict requirements for landlord rights and responsibilities, habitability requirements, notice requirements, tenant rights and responsibilities, duration of tenancy and requirements for eviction.

Self-Service Storage Landlord/Tenant Law

Florida’s landlord/tenant statute sets out rules and regulations that apply to self-service storage facilities. A self-service storage facility leases or rents self-contained storage units to individuals for the purpose of storing personal property. The law provides the definition for a “self-contained storage unit,” and sets out requirements for access to the facilities, payment of rent and notice requirements. When disputes arise over self-service storage contracts, a skilled attorney can resolve the dispute in an efficient manner.

Seidensticker and San Filippo Can Help

With years of experience in business law, you can be sure that Seidensticker and San Filippo will help you understand the applicable laws and the rights and obligations that you may have as a result of your position as a landlord or a tenant. We work with individuals, small businesses and corporations. We have made a conscious decision to keep our firm small and limit the number of new clients and cases we handle. We strive to maintain straightforward and unrestricted lines of communication with our clients to facilitate early assessment and evaluation of a client’s particular legal situation.  We believe that our personalized service and accessibility help us understand and maintain focus on each clients’ legal objectives so we can make recommendations and formulate strategies aimed at efficiently accomplishing those objectives. Contact us today for a consultation.