Category Archives: Damages

2018 Florida Legislation That Affect Property Management

The current Florida legislative session is considering the following bills that affect the landlord-tenant and property management business. Below are some highlights of which you should be aware. SB 850 seeks to completely overhaul FS 83.60, which in essence would allow a tenant the right to a trial even if he does not post rent […]

Damages in Landlord-Tenant Cases

A major part of a property manager’s duty is to properly preserve and collect evidence regarding the property’s condition and any damages caused during a tenancy and to make a proper claim on the security deposit for those damages. This practice is vitally important because Florida Statute (FS) 83.49 requires the landlord to make correct […]

Dealing With Neighbor Allegations

Most rental properties have a nearby neighbor, which presents potential conflicts with a tenant and his neighbors. Inevitably, property managers will receive complaints from neighbors that a tenant is disturbing the peace or committing some kind of criminal offense or lease violation, such as theft, assault or criminal mischief. These complaints are always alarming, but […]

When Can A Tenant Legally Withhold Rent

Property managers commonly face situations when a tenant wants to or in fact withholds rent based on an allegation that the landlord failed to comply with some legal or contractual obligation. This is a frustrating situation and can lead to bigger problems, but the property manager may not be clear about when the tenant has […]

Resolving Tenant Damage at Lease Renewal

Managing many properties is challenging and demanding, and as such, requires proper procedures to reduce the risks and results of tenant abuse or misuse of the property. One notable area of risk management is preventing or mitigating a tenant’s damaging the property, and more particularly, to get the tenant to pay for damages to the […]