Must a tenant be given a copy of their lease?

I moved into my apartment 4 months ago. My husband and I did all the necessary signing, etc. but the landlord still has not given us a complete copy of our lease. Is this legal?

Asked on March 9, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Florida

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Some states in this country have statutory penalties imposed upon the landlord for his or her failure to provide the tenant with a copy of a written lease. Your state may have such a statute. From a practical point, the tenant is entitled to a copy of the written lease that he or she signed from the landlord.

I would write the landlord a letter seeking a copy of such. Keep a copy for future need and reference.


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