Florida Panhandle Real Estate Law Firm Helps Draft and Review Rental Agreements
Panama City Beach Real Estate Attorney Focuses on Rental Agreement PreparationsFlorida law covers many aspects of the landlord-tenant relationship that should be included in a lease or rental agreement, including:
- Term of the tenancy. Every Florida rental agreement should state whether it is a rental agreement (month-to-month and self-renewing unless one of the parties terminates) or a fixed-term lease (which sets a specific beginning and expiration date).
- Names of all tenants. Every adult who will live in the rental unit, including both members of a married couple, should sign the rental agreement and be named as tenants.
- Limits on occupancy. A rental agreement should specify that the unit is the residence of only the tenants who have signed the lease and their minor children.
- Rent. Your rental agreement should provide specific details about the rent, including amount, due date, method of payment, late fees, and returned-check charges.
- Security deposit. To avoid confusion, the rental agreement should include details about security deposits, including the dollar amount, use, and when and how it will be returned to the tenant.
- Landlord and tenant responsibilities. This section clarifies the responsibilities for repair and maintenance of the rental property.
- Restrictions. Rental agreements should include a clause prohibiting disruptive behavior by tenants.
- Pets. A rental agreement needs to be clear on the subject of pets: whether or not they are allowed, if there is any limit on the size or number of pets, and how animal waste in the yard will be handled.
- Landlord access. To avoid tenant complaints about violation of privacy, a rental agreement should clarify the landlord’s legal right of access to the property.
- Disclosures. Federal law requires landlords to disclose lead-based paint hazards before tenants move in.
- Authority. Florida law requires landlords to advise the tenants about whom they should give notices, demands, and legal papers to.
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Are you looking for help with the preparation of a rental agreement? Orlando Attorney Nishad Khan P.L. assisted clients with numerous Florida real estate matters, including the preparation of rental agreements, for more than 12 years. Contact our firm online or call (850) 500-3030 to schedule your free initial consultation today.