I represent commercial and residential landlords and tenants in cases involving all types of disputes.
The Florida Legislature has enacted a set of laws which closely regulate the conduct and rights of both commercial and residential landlords and tenants. Under the law, unless the parties insert language to the contrary, it is almost never permissible for a landlord to evict a tenant or terminate a lease without giving a reason and ample notice, or an opportunity to cure a problem or default. It is also rarely permissible for a tenant to stop paying rent or common expenses without justification and notice to the landlord, who must then be given a similar opportunity to resolve the problem. Timing is often critical in these cases.
Florida law and most leases provide an opportunity for landlords and tenants to resolve their differences before heading into court. Many leases even contain mediation and arbitration provisions for that purpose.