Signing a Lease

Sun, Jan 25, 2015

General Legal Issues

622601716_693b4db379_bBecause a lease is not required in Florida, lots of people live without one. However, it’s not always a smart idea for either party.

A good lease clearly spells out the rights and responsibilities of both the landlord and tenant. It includes who pays what, what happens when something is not done properly, what is expected of each party, etc. — all good things to know. Another good thing to know is what happens if you need to break your lease. Make sure this is addressed properly. Always read your lease and ask as many questions as you need.

A long lease doesn’t always mean more is covered than a short lease, but sometimes the specific nature of the lease might be lost by a really short lease. This is something for both landlords and tenants to consider. The Florida Bar offers some generic forms to use for leases. In addition, having a reputable attorney review your lease is a great idea for both tenant and landlord.

Keep in mind that a lease for a large apartment complex is going to be different than a lease from a private individual. They will have different concerns and different requirements; an apartment complex can have more financial backing which can affect the nature of their requirements.

It’s a good idea for tenant and landlord to both have a good understanding of landlord/tenant law in Florida.

Attorney Christopher D. Smith, Sr. is designated a Board Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Lawyer by the American Board of Certification.  SmithLaw is located in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.  Attorney Smith concentrates on bankruptcy, civil litigation, probate, estate planning, and elder exploitation cases in the Sarasota and Bradenton area.  Call 941-202-2222 to learn more.  SmithLaw offers free consultations in certain areas, including consumer bankruptcy, probate, and personal injury matters.

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