How to evict a tenant who doesn’t want to pay rent in Sarasota Florida

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How to evict a tenant who doesn’t want to pay rent in Sarasota Florida

I have a tenant. There was a water break and damage to an apartment. Damage was repaired, mold testing was done and negative. Tenant doesn’t trust mold report. Tenant doesn’t want to live in a rented place and doesn’t want to vacate. How to get rid of this tenant?

Asked on July 9, 2018 under Real Estate Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

As soon as the tenant is late on rent, you can send them a three-day notice to vacate, requiring them to either pay the rent or vacate within three days. If they don't, you can then file an eviction complaint (legal action) in county court; you will get a court date (usually in around 2 weeks), at which time if the tenant does not pay, the court will issue an order for his removal, which order can then be used to get the sheriff or other court officer (who does this varies by state) to remove the tenant. If you don't want to deal with legal process, court etc. yourself, any landlord-tenant attorney can help you. The tenant has no right to stay in your unit without paying rent, so you can remove him--you just have to go through the proper steps and procedures.


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