Landlord and Tenant Disputes and Issues

When you rent property in Florida, you have certain rights, as does your landlord. It’s essential to understand the landlord/tenant relationship, how it works, and what to do if you experience any disputes or other issues.

Many renters feel powerless against their landlord, and anything the property owner does and says is allowed. It is not; you have rights too. 


Common Landlord/Tenant Disputes

When you rent an apartment, condo, or house in Florida, typically, you pay a security deposit and then pay rent monthly. If you have pets living with you, you may also have to pay a special fee for any damage they may cause. Renting can be a great financial solution while you save for a house. However, sometimes renting comes with problems. 

Some common issues that tenants experience while renting property are:


Maintenance Issues

Maintenance issues often come up in these types of situations. Usually, it’s about damage and who is responsible for paying for repairs. Most leases state that renters must do their best to keep everything in working order without causing damage beyond normal wear-and-tear. 

Other more serious situations that can be dangerous to the renters, like mold, asbestos, pests, plumbing, or electrical issues, are typically the landlord’s responsibility to fix. 


Landlord Complaining About Non-Payment

Another problematic issue for renters is non-payment. Sometimes utilities and other “extras” are included in your rent payment but not always. Carefully review the lease agreement before signing it and pay everything you owe on time. 


Not Returning Your Security Deposit

When you sign a lease, you provide a security deposit for any damage to the property or unpaid rent. If you leave the premises the way you found it and have paid all your rent, then the landlord typically has 30 days to refund your security deposit after you move out. However, if the landlord refuses to repay it or claims damage you did not cause, you may have to take legal action to resolve it. 


Invasion of Privacy Issues

There are specific rules about when a landlord can enter the property while you are renting it. Therefore, if they access your space without notice or when you are away, it could be considered an invasion of privacy, and you may have some legal recourse. 


How to Get Help

If you encounter one of these situations or some other serious issue with your landlord, remember, as a tenant, you have rights too. Landlords must abide by the lease agreement just as you do. 

Contact Haber Law today for help with any landlord/tenant issues you are experiencing. We offer free consultations.