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  • How can we remove a vacated unwanted guest's belongings legally?

    After an unfortunate "falling out", we began an eviction notice for a guest that had been staying at our home. After at least a month of harassing texts, and random times she has stopped by, she has refused to take her belongings. We're tired of t...

    Dennis’s Answer

    From your description, it seems that meeting someone to deliver the items is the easiest way to end this matter. Be sure to get a written authorization from the guest before releasing the property to another person. Also be sure that the authorization identifies the person that the property is to be delivered to. Be safe, meet the person in a public place and don't meet the person alone. There is a Florida statute that provides for treatment of abandoned property. A link is included below.

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  • Should I have and should I pay full rent during renovations caused by septic flooding after landlord "forgot" to drain septic?

    4 bedroom 2 bath house in FL. Landlord "forgot"to have septic drained before we moved in and the water from the washer backed up in pipes causing septic tank to overflow so poop water flooded both showers on opposite side of house but only clear w...

    Dennis’s Answer

    Did you pay full rent for the whole five month period? You should have acted to reduce the rent from the first month that you had a problem. You can negotiate with the landlord regarding the rent. You did not get the full use of the property you had agreed to rent.

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  • Can a lanlord evict me based on a eviction notice given to me by an elderly guy? The eviction document no courts official stamps

    My landlord gave me a 3day notice! I came up with half the money on the third day, but he refused it. So then, later in the day an elderly gentleman handed me eviction papers. But the eviction document has no official court stamps or signatures??

    Dennis’s Answer

    The easiest way to determine if an eviction has been filed with the court is to go to the website for the clerk of court in your county and search for your name and maybe search for your landlord's name also. Sometimes the eviction is filed with the tenants name misspelled.

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  • If we don't agree to an 100 raise in the rent we need to leave. We spoke on July 1 and our lease is up Aug 1

    that would give us 3 weeks to find something. We paid July rent, so what about our last month rent we paid in advance.

    Dennis’s Answer

    If you paid for the last month in advance you did not have to pay for July. The landlord will have to return the last month rent.

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  • I need help with this fraud!

    Okay, so this is a little lengthy. On 4/28 I went to the leasing office and signed a new lease, paid my pro-rated fee and paid my water bill. On 5/14 I received a late notice on my door saying I owed $87 for not renewing my lease. I went to the fr...

    Dennis’s Answer

    This sounds like something that should be resolved quite easily. Now that they know that they did not send the email until 5/14, it should be cleared up. If they continue to harass you regarding the matter, contact a landlord-tenant attorney for assistance.

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  • Should I hire a real estate attorney

    i have filed a bankruptcy it will be two yrs discharged this sept . The home is still in forclosure wich a final judgment was ordered and vacated with leave . I was working with the bank trying to get a loan modification when I received notice o...

    Dennis’s Answer

    I am not sure if it is too late to save your home but you should contact a real estate attorney as soon as possible. The attorney should also have an understanding of bankruptcy law.

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  • I had a transmission shop pick up my vehicle to have it checked and to get an estimate. Without my permission they did work.

    Without any authorization whatsoever they claimed to have fixed the vehicle. I thought my only recourse was to pay them. I tried to borrow the funds from my church. When I couldn't, I offered the shop a payment arrangement which was refused, I hav...

    Dennis’s Answer

    I attached a link to my case where I sued a motor vehicle repair facility. Contact an attorney that has experience in consumer law matters. There is an attorney fee provision so you may be able to find an attorney that will take your case with minimal fees at the outset.

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  • Can I sue a company that I worked at for a needle stick injury by a coworker who does heroine?

    I worked at a restaurant for 2.5 years. About a month prior to my incident, I worked with a new coworker. Upon leaving my shift, I had made enough observation to conclude reasonable suspicion of drug abuse and reported this to my boss. The shifts ...

    Dennis’s Answer

    That would probably be covered by workers compensation which would allow testing to determine if there is any infection caused by the needle stick, including HIV. Contact a workers compensation attorney.

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  • Do I need an attorney?

    I paid the security deposit for an apt I was renting and when I moved out they did not return my deposit. The apt was in foreclosure and the administration changed from condo court receivers to specialized asset management. The realtor of the bank...

    Dennis’s Answer

    An experienced landlord-tenant attorney should be able to help you. There is an attorney fee provision that allows you to recover the attorneys fees.

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  • Girl tenant added to my lease is suing me student'' (guy lease holder) for security deposit even though she did not give one.

    The girl payed for february 2nd until april 2nd in advance. so 2 months. but decided to move out in 8 of march because wanted to live with her boyfriend. Now she asks for the rent money back she did no stay in april but she did not give any notic...

    Dennis’s Answer

    It sounds like the girl was a sub-tenant. She was your tenant on a month to month tenancy. Florida Law provides that the either party can terminate a month to month tenancy by giving at least fifteen days notice before the end of the monthly rental period. Since she did not give you advance notice and was still living there for a part of March, I believe that you are entitled to keep the two months rent that she paid to you for February and March. If she files a lawsuit you should seek an attorney as soon as possible or consult an attorney for advice so that you can represent yourself. The lawsuit would probably be in small claims court where you may not need an attorney.

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