The Coronavirus is currently dominating all aspects our lives. Everyone in this country is living in fear not knowing if they are carrying the virus. As a result, the Government is providing relief for different sectors of the Economy. This includes Homeowners and Tenants. On March 18, 2020, President Donald Trump suspended all Evictions until the end of April.
What does that mean for Landlords and Tenants in Broward?
Coronavirus and Landlords
The Courts in Broward are still allowing Landlords to file Evictions. However, the Sherriff is unable to enforce the final lockout. While this delays the Eviction Process, Landlords will have further delays if they wait until the end of April to file the Eviction.
Coronavirus and Tenants
The President’s order allows Tenants to remain in the property even if a Final Judgment of Eviction has been entered. Since the Tenant cannot be removed until the end of April, Tenants are in a better position. For example, they can negotiate with the Landlord to vacate the property or settle the past due rent.
While the Coronavirus has delayed the Eviction process for Landlords and Tenants, the Courts are allowing the process to continue. Therefore, if you are unsure about your rights during these uncertain times, contact your Coronavirus Broward County Eviction Lawyers today at (954) 990-7552. In addition, Brian can be reached directly at (585) 261-8443.
BROWARD LANDLORD REPRESENTATION
The Law Office of Brian P. Kowal, PA provides the following services to Landlords:
1. Evicting Tenants. Unfortunately for Landlords, Tenants fail to pay rent. As a result, the Landlord files an Eviction against the Tenant. Thereafter, the Tenant has 5 days to respond. Depending on the Response, the Court will enter a Final Judgment of Eviction or set the case for a hearing.
2. Sending Notices to Tenants that violate the lease. If a Tenant violates a provision of the lease not related to rent, the Landlord can send a 7 day notice to cure. Accordingly, if the Tenant fails to remove the violation within 7 days, the Landlord can proceed with the Eviction. For example, if a Tenant allows a unapproved guest to live at the property that is not approve by the Landlord, they will receive a 7 day notice. If the Tenant fails to take action during the 7 days, the Landlord can commence Eviction Proceedings.
3. Representing Landlords in Security Deposit Disputes. Florida Statute 83.49(3) requires a Landlord to return the deposit within 15 days or place a claim within 30 days. The claim must be sent certified mail to the Tenant. Thereafter, the Tenant has 15 days to object to the claim.
BROWARD TENANT REPRESENTATION
The Law Office of Brian P. Kowal, PA provides experienced Representation for Tenants in Broward County. The Services we provide include:
1. Defending Tenants against Evictions. A Tenant has 5 days to respond to an Eviction. They can file a Motion to Determine Rent or an Answer. However, for Tenants that are sued for non-payment of rent, they must deposit the past due rent into the Court Registry.
2. File Tenant Lawsuits to recover their Security Deposit. If a Landlord fails to place a claim on the Deposit, our firm will file a lawsuit against the Landlord. If the Landlord does not comply with Florida Statute 83.49(3), the Tenant is entitled to the Deposit.
3. Sending Notices to Landlords on behalf of Tenants. If a Landlord fails to maintain the property, we send them a 7 Day notice. Failure to comply with the Notice allows the Tenant to terminate the lease or withhold rent. The notices are governed by Florida Statute 83.56 and 83.60.
Our office hopes that everyone stays safe during this time. If you have any questions during this crisis, you can contact your Coronavirus Broward County Eviction Lawyers today at (954) 990-7552 or on my cell phone at (585) 261-8443.