Florida law strictly regulates eviction practices. A landlord must follow all the requirements of the law to properly evict a tenant. Before eviction, the following must take place:
1. The tenant could receive a written notice to vacate for the following reasons:
• Non-payment of rent
• Eviction for cause or violation of the lease agreement, excessive noise, damages, cleanliness, etc.
• Termination of rental agreement
2. The tenant is served a summons and complaint by a sheriff or authorized process server .
3. Property owners, attorneys, and property managers may file a complaint for eviction. However, if the property manager files the complaint and the tenant files an answer, the eviction proceeding must stop until the owner or an attorney becomes involved. This is also true for an owner who lives out of state.
4. The tenant is allowed an opportunity to respond (in some cases, this may include a court hearing); A written answer setting forth proper defenses to the eviction must be filed with the Clerk of Court .
Most of these steps have specific length of time to answer to the court. If you are in Osceola County and need to file a Legal Eviction or if you are served with a Summons and Complaint, you should immediately contact D’Lugo and DeFlora, P.A . Waiting until the fourth or fifth day would not allow adequate time to prepare a defense.
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