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One of the best reasons to work with a Jacksonville property management company is so that you’ll have access to an expert in Florida landlord tenant law. If you’re not current on the local and state laws, you’re putting your rental property at risk and exposing yourself to a lot of liability from tenants and other parties.
Rights and Responsibilities
The Florida Landlord Tenant Act provides all the information you need on what you’re responsible for as a landlord and rental property owner. It also lists the tenant’s rights and responsibilities while living in your property. It includes the requirement that landlords provide a safe and habitable home and that tenants pay rent on time according to their lease. You should use this law for guidance when you’re screening tenants, signing leases, and conducting inspections throughout the term of the tenancy.
Handling Tenant Disputes
If a dispute arises with a tenant, you’ll need to refer to your lease first. You’ll also want to consult the landlord tenant laws so you know how to proceed without violating the law or falling out of compliance. Some of the most common areas of conflict include security deposits, tenant damage, and lease violations such as unauthorized pets or people.
The Benefits of Professional Management
Professional property managers spend a lot of time educating themselves on the details involved in all Florida laws pertaining to landlords, tenants, and rental properties. We keep up with changes in the law, and we partner with attorneys, insurance professionals, and tax accountants to make sure that you and your property are protected. Trying to manage your own home without understanding the Landlord Tenant Act is a dangerous enterprise. A single and unintentional mistake can have consequences that may cost you thousands of dollars. Whether you violate a fair housing law with your marketing materials, take too long fixing an important repair, or neglect to return a security deposit on time, you can be taken to court and forced to pay punitive damages. Work with someone who knows the laws so you don’t have to know them yourself.
If you have any questions about how to stay out of legal trouble, please contact us at Heth Realty. We’d be happy to tell you more.
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