St. Petersburg Tenant Attorneys

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Disputes between landlords and tenants can come from a variety of situations.

No matter your position, being informed of your rights when it comes to landlord/tenant disputes in St. Petersburg can help save you time and money. When it comes to protecting your best interests, you need an ally who is knowledgeable and decisive.

At the Lopez Law Group, our St. Petersburg tenant lawyers dedicate ourselves to standing up for Florida landlords and tenants.

If You Are A Florida Tenant, We Can Assist:

Landlord / Tenant Dispute Lawyers in FloridaWhen a landlord fails to meet the obligations set forth in a lease, a renter has certain rights. In Florida, a rental property or apartment has to meet certain standards.

Habitability of the Premise

The property must be habitable and meet all applicable codes. Landlords are required to keep a premise in a livable condition. If there are certain repairs which are not being addressed and they make the premise uninhabitable, such as a broken air conditioning or mold issues, a tenant may be able to break the lease and find another living situation, they could withhold rent until the problem is addressed or they could have the repairs made and pay for it and have that amount deducted from their rent.

Quiet Enjoyment of the Premise

A landlord must provide a premise that allows for quiet enjoyment. The landlord cannot simply enter the unit whenever they like without first giving proper notice. A landlord is only allowed to enter the property for very specific reasons, such as to make necessary repairs or to show the property to upcoming tenants. Unless it is an emergency, Florida requires landlords give their tenants a 12-hour notice before they enter a unit. The time that the landlord requests to enter the property has to be reasonable, meaning they cannot enter your place at 4am to do repairs.

Security Deposit Return from the Landlord

If you gave a security deposit, knowing when you are entitled to have that deposit returned can be extremely helpful. Bank Note, Dollar, Usd, Us-Dollar, MoneyAt the Lopez Law Group, we can help advise you on how to notify the landlord and the next steps to take if the apartment or rental property you are living in is below standard or if you are having trouble getting your security deposit returned. As stated above, the landlord is required to keep your security deposit in a safe place separate from other funds and they must return the security deposit to you at the end of your tenancy if there are no repairs that need to be made. If you only caused normal wear and tear, a landlord has no right to keep the deposit to cover these costs. Termination as a Tenant

Termination by a tenant of a lease agreement can happen but only in very specific instances. As always, the lease is very important and can give some indication of the situations where you may be able to break the lease and vacate. If the premises is uninhabitable or there are safety concerns, these may also be situations where you as a tenant may be able to vacate a premises. If termination is necessary, we’ll guide you through the entire process as well. A tenant will need to give notice of termination. Knowing how to do this and what needs to be given to the landlord in order to vacate a premise is very important.

These laws are finely crafted to help define the legal relationship that exists between a landlord and a tenant. Understanding the laws is an essential part of ensuring no entity is violating anyone else’s rights. This also applies to disclosure laws.

Disclosure by a Landlord

In most cases, owners/landlords are required to disclose certain specifications about the property prior to renting. Asbestos, lead paint, and radioactive materials are illegal across the country. In Florida, a landlord may be required to disclose the following:

  • The details surrounding your security deposit
  • Whether or not there will be nonrefundable fees
  • The existing damages to the property
  • Any environmental health hazards that may exist on the property
  • Information on safety equipment in the unit
  • Presence of meth lab in the unit prior to moving in
  • Housing code violations

However, certain states have more specific laws when it comes to disclosure. That’s why it’s important to have an expert, our tenant lawyers, in your corner to ensure you aren’t breaking any rules.

The laws governing Florida landlord tenant relationships can be found in Chapter 83 of the Florida Statutes. We have the skills and expertise to help you reach a beneficial settlement, and if litigation is necessary, we’ll intelligently and aggressively fight for your rights.

Our St. Petersburg tenant attorneys are always standing by ready to assist. If you are a landlord or a tenant and are having issues, give us a call today to see if we can assist. We can be reached at 727-933-0015. When you need legal counsel nearby and someone in your corner, turn to the Lopez Law Group in St. Petersburg.

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Mr. Lopez was a Godsend and really helped me with my situation. Him and the entire firm were very diligent and helped speed the early stages of the process along due to a pressing situation. Throughout my experience working with the firm, they were always responsive and available any time I had a question or wanted to check on the state of affairs. Hopefully I won’t have to recommend Lopez Law Group to my friends or family, but if those unfortunate circumstances arise then there’s only one name I would trust. Thank you again for all your help!

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I called multiple attorneys to resolve my issue and none had much experience as much as this form. Anthony was amazing and made sure that as his client I was satisfied and understanding with his work. Very helpful and very patient and I was able to communicate with ease. I will definitely recommend this firm if you have a landlord/tenant issue or just an amazing attorney who listens to his clients needs.

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Thank you Geoff Pfeiffer, for your assistance when my HOA pushed back on my installation of the Solar Panels on my home. Your succinct and eloquent statements of my rights to them turned a “solar panels are not allowed on the front side of the roof, to a 100% approval with no changes needed. Thank you for helping me quickly resolved what was gearing up to be a fight with the HOA.

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We couldn’t be more satisfied with Sean’s work and are so grateful we chose him to represent us. He works so diligently and tenaciously to get results, and somehow manages to combine being a consummate professional yet friendly and approachable. I was honestly terrified of receiving the final bill considering the hours upon hours he invested in our case (texts, calls, emails, meetings, etc.) after hearing nightmare lawyer stories from other people, but when I did I was shocked at how little he charged us. I never thought I’d say I wanted to pay somebody more than they charged, yet this time I did. I will never use another lawyer; we will use Sean for any and all representation we will ever need, and I urge others to do the same. Thank you, Sean!

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700 7th Ave N, Suite A,
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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