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  • Landlord bullying us. Locked up water box, throwing our stuff out to curb, coming over random times.

    Our landlord an ex cop has been bullying us telling us when we have to go, been going to property throwing our stuff to curb, locked water pump, cut lock off fence, has cameras on neighbors property pointing at our yard. No legal eviction notices,...

    Dennis’s Answer

    You really need to speak with a landlord-tenant lawyer that represents tenants. You may be able to sue him for three months rent because of the locked water pump. Do you have a written lease agreement?

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  • A contractor put a lien on my house April 5th. I had no idea. What do I do to finish the construction so I can move in?

    I bought a house Dec 5th, gutted it and hired a contractor to finish it with the home renovation loan I had, 50k. From Dec to Mar I saw him maybe a few hours total. I gave him 15k up front, which is what he asked for. In total he has framed a clos...

    Dennis’s Answer

    You can file a notice of contest of lien and the old contractor will have to take action within sixty days to enforce the lien.

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  • Power of attorney for real estate do I need a lawyer?

    my uncle wants me take care of his house that he has, he live in NY. Do i need a lawyer to make out this paper ? He wants be to basically be able to put money into his checking account and evict tenant. I saw basic temple online, Just wanted to kn...

    Dennis’s Answer

    It assume that your uncle is in NY and the property is in Florida. You may not need a power of attorney if the uncle will sign the lease and can sign any documents. It is best if you use an attorney for the eviction process also. You should consult an attorney for more information about how best to handle this matter.

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  • I paid for a mechanics services 5 weeks ago. My truck is still in their shop in pieces. How do I get my repaired truck back?

    They don't offer a loaner vehicle. They go for days without working on it. I offered more cash to finish the work and the offer was refused. My vehicle is outside and unlocked, they had the windows down in the rain for several days. The local ...

    Dennis’s Answer

    Have they given you an explanation for the delay? Are they waiting for a special part that is difficult to find? You should consult an attorney. You may have to sue the repair shop to recover your vehicle and for any damage to the vehicle.

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  • Can someone be put in jail dor not paying a lawyer bill?

    Got an email from attornwy I used yrs ago saying I can go to jail for a balance owed?i actually forgot n have not gotten any invoices or reminder letters.

    Dennis’s Answer

    Have an attorney review the letter to determine if the attorney has violated collection laws. You may be able to sue the lawyer and collect $1,000.

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  • Home is under HUD. Landlord refuses to repair ac unit and home runs 90 degrees. I amdisabled on oxygen and dont know what to do.

    Have asked the landlord several times to repair the ac unit. He has come over several times after couple days complaining telling me that only small repairs had to be done. The ac does notwork and I have difficulty breathing and already on oxygen....

    Dennis’s Answer

    You may have to move out. Give the landlord a 7 day notice to repair the AC. In the notice, let the landlord know that if it is not repaired, you will withhold rent or terminate the lease. If it is not repaired and you withhold rent or move out, you will probably have to defend yourself in an eviction lawsuit. Consult a local landlord-tenant attorney to determine your rights.

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  • My landlord is trying to charge us $25 a day late fee on our late fee for rent when she's not here to collect it. Can she do tha

    We paid our $1200 rent a day late so we owed $125 late fee and our landlord charges $25 a day even on the late fee if we don't pay it all at once. She went on "vacation" a day after we gave her rent. Because we didn't give her the $150 late fee be...

    Dennis’s Answer

    I don't believe that you are responsible for the late fee when the LL was away. Do you have any other way of delivering payment? By mail, deposit to bank account? $25/day seems excessive on $1,200 rent. In less than a week you could owe more than 20% in late fees. Do you have a written rental agreement? Have a lawyer review the document for you to determine your rights.

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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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