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Landlord & Tenant Law in Florida, Real Estate Law

A Landlord’s Responsibilities

A LANDLORD has certain SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

The landlord’s responsibilities will depend on the type of rental unit.

The landlord of a dwelling unit at all times during the tenancy shall:

“Comply with the requirements of applicable building, housing and health codes; or Where there are no applicable building, housing or health codes; maintain the roof, windows, screens, floors, steps, porches, exterior walls, foundations and all other structural components in good repair and capable of resisting normal forces and loads; Keep the plumbing in reasonably good working condition. The landlord’s obligations may be altered or modified in writing with respect to a single family dwelling or duplex. Section 83.51(1)(a)(b), F.S.”

In addition to providing the above requirements, the landlord of a dwelling unit other than a single-family home or duplex shall, at all times of the tenancy, make reasonable provisions for:

Extermination of rats, mice, ants and wood destroying organisms and bed bugs.
Locks and keys.
Clean and safe conditions of common areas.
Garbage removal and outside receptacles.
Functioning facilities for heat during winter, running water and hot water.
Section 83.51(2)(b), F.S.

If the dwelling is a single-family home or duplex, a working smoke detection device must be provided. This does not mean that the landlord is obligated to pay for utilities, water, fuel or garbage removal, although he/she may choose to.

If you find yourself in such a position it is best to consult an attorney with substantial experience. There are so many different circumstances that a proper answer to your particular problem can only be obtained by a trained and experienced lawyer.

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