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Information about the eviction process here in Florida

Whether a tenant or a landlord, each party should have a basic understanding of Florida law when it comes to issues that can arise between the parties. If the situation gets bad enough, a landlord may begin the eviction process. Below is a summary of what landlords must consider before doing so.

First, a landlord needs to be sure that the tenant does not have a legitimate reason to violate the lease agreement. For example, if a property owner fails to make repairs necessary to keep the property habitable and safe or fails to keep the common areas safe, a tenant may have reason to break a lease. If a landlord believes that he or she has fulfilled those duties, then the landlord may initiate eviction proceedings.

Real estate law requires due diligence before closing a sale

Many Florida house hunters consider finding the perfect property as the hardest part of the process. Once they've found it, they begin the due diligence process. This process helps ensure that any real estate law issues are identified and resolved prior to closing the transaction.

Florida homebuyers want to make sure they are getting what they pay for when buying a property. The only way to make sure that happens is by doing the necessary research, or due diligence. Any number of things can go wrong with a real estate transaction, and it would be better to know before signing on the dotted line than after. This means taking a variety of steps to be sure that what a buyer sees is actually what a buyer gets.

What rights do tenants have here in Florida?

Not everyone buys property. Many people here in Florida decide to rent for a variety of reasons. Even though someone else may own the property in which they live, tenants still have rights when it comes to the property they decide to lease.

Florida landlords are required to provide tenants with a safe, livable space. The property must have working plumbing, be structurally sound and have hot water and heat. Landlords are also required to provide certain reasonable security measures such as locking doors and windows. If any repairs are needed to the property, landlords are responsible for those as well.

Could your real estate closing benefit from an attorney's help?

Most of Florida's title companies do their jobs well, but you may need more assistance than they can provide. Numerous legal issues and questions could come up during the process that a title agent cannot answer. Involving an attorney in a real estate closing may provide the additional help needed in order to successfully conclude a transaction.

Even before you reach closing, you will be negotiating and signing a purchase and sale contract. You may want to ensure that your rights are protected and that your contract contains all of the legal protections you need. Once you reach the due diligence phase, a title search could reveal problems with you obtaining clear title to the property. Resolving those issues may require litigation and/or legal documentation to fix.

Can I break my commercial lease?

Sometimes, a commercial lease becomes impractical. Whether your business is hitting hard times or you are unhappy with your landlord, you may want to just pack up your office and leave. However, you should not leave before you understand the possible repercussions.

It may be difficult to terminate your commercial lease prematurely without facing any financial liability. Here is a look at some of the consequences you may face for breaking your lease and when you may actually be able to stop renting without any ramifications.

The basics of condominium and homeowners associations

When looking for a place to buy here in Tampa, a community with "extras" may be just what some people want. In order to get those amenities such as pools, tennis courts and other common areas, those communities more than likely come with condominium and homeowners associations, depending on what type of housing an individual wishes to purchase. Most people have heard of HOAs or condo associations, but many people don't understand how they work.

HOAs and condo associations do a lot of good for the community. They keep up the common areas, make repairs and maintain the structures in the common areas such as the pool, and association boards do what they can to keep everyone's property values steady or rising. On the other hand, boards can only do these things through the collection of monthly fees and special assessments.

To avoid real estate scams, you have to spot them

One of the first things any potential buyer of a home needs to do is assess whether it is a buyer's market or a seller's market. That might be true in many parts of the country, but in Florida it is difficult to identify when the last buyer's market was. According to the Tampa Bay Times, we are entering prime selling season and existing homes are in very short supply right now. That makes for a seller's market.

Timing is always important whether you are a buyer or a seller. But if you are a buyer getting ready to make a purchase, and regardless of whether you are just entering the arena or consider yourself a savvy consumer, it is important to acknowledge that the process can be legally complicated. For the protection of individual interests, it's wise to have an experienced legal advocate at your side.

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