Florida Commercial Landlords must be careful before changing the locks prior to the termination of a lease. They may be subject to damages if they engage in Self-Help activity. Therefore, if you have questions about a Florida Commercial Landlord’s use of Self-Help, contact the Law Office of Brian P. Kowal, PA at (954) 990-7552.
Florida Commercial Landlord’s Use of Self-Help is Prohibited
When Can a Florida Commercial Landlord Evict a Commercial Tenant?
There are three ways that they can retake the property.
If they fail to pay rent or violated a non-monetary provision of the lease, a Commercial Landlord can serve them Notice. If they still do not comply, they can file an Eviction. As a result, the Sheriff will be able secure the property after it is completed.
(2) Tenant surrenders
If they bring the keys to the Commercial Landlord and inform them in writing that no longer will use the Premises, they can take possession.
(3) Tenant abandons
(a) Reasonable belief that they have been absent for 30 consecutive days. This can be shown by:
- They have not been seen at the property
- They turned the Utilities off.
- Commercial Landlord has not had any contact with them. This includes attempting to reach them via telephone and email.