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  • When will I have to move out of my home?

    Foreclosed home in Orange County Florida. Certificate of Sale was issued on 11/10/14. How much time will I have left in my house? Will the eviction process come before or after the execution of the Writ-Of-Possession? What can I expect to happ...

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    There Certificate of Title will be issued in a few days and then a writ of possession can be issued. If you are the owner that has been foreclosed on, there is no eviction process. The writ will be delivered to your home and you will have 24 hours to move out. You should be moving out now.

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  • Hello, I need to know how can I legally remove my girlfriend from my house, we have no lease agreement & nothing living for free

    she is living for free and says she is making arrengementes to leave but I want her out asap. How long does it take legally amd if I have to pay something thanks.

    Dennis’s Answer

    If you are renting the house from LL and girlfriend is just living for free you may be able file an unlawful detainer action to remove her. If she is listed on the lease as a tenant you cannot remove her easily. You need an attorney to handle this matter. I do not recommend trying to do this on your own.

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  • In a residential room lease, a full calendar month notice to vacate in writing is reqd. to be posted. It also states that the

    room is required to be kept neat, tidy and clean at all times. During this thirty day notice period for the first 22 days, the room was filthy, dirty and jammed up with commercial stock, and with a strong body odor. Twelve prospective tenants had ...

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    There is not enough information provided to answer your question. Why is there a counter-claim? Who filed suit? Is the former tenant suing for the security deposit? You should consult an experienced landlord-tenant attorney.

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  • Home sale. real estate; After countering lower, I accepted a counter-offer to buy a house, Must they honor their counter-offer?

    My agent made an offer on a house I want. The seller's agent counter-offered. Their counter-offer expired at 10am. At 4pm the day before, I countered that offer, halfway between our numbers. Later, I decided to accept their counter-offer witho...

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    It is difficult to state whether you have a contract without reviewing the documents. The counter offer made at 4pm the day before may have resulted in a rejection of the sellers offer that was open until 10am. So your attempted acceptance the next morning may have been ineffective if the prior 4pm offer is deemed a rejection of the seller's offer and creation of a new offer to purchase the property.

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  • Is it legal for property management company to refuse to cooperate in providing parking decals to property owner?

    My parents recently allowed me to live in their townhome that they own personally. The property management company tried telling me that I need to provide a lease agreement to get a parking decal to avoid being towed, but I am not a tenant and do ...

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    What does the HOA/Condo docs say about disputes? You may need an experienced real estate attorney to get involved to resolve the matter. Be prepared to sue them if you can't get the matter resolved.

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  • Do I have a legal right to leave apartment that has no lease due to mold growth the landlord hasn't fixed?

    Currently I do not have a lease with my landlord I just pay month to month right now. I have a leak in the roof that is causing mold to grow and the ceiling to be soft. Ive informed my landlord of the problem over a week ago and he still hasn't co...

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    Since you are a tenant in a month to month tenancy, you can terminate the tenancy by giving 15 days notice before the end of the monthly rental period. Fla. Stat. 83.57(3). A link to the statute is included below.

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  • Receiving rental property deposit back

    Our lease states that we are entitled to our deposit back within 30 days unless the landlord gives us a written certified letter explaining why they plan on keeping all or part of our deposit. It has been 40 days and we have not heard anything. It...

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    Search on Avvo for a landlord-tenant attorney that represents tenants. The landlord will most likely have to return your deposit and pay your attorney's fees.

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  • Can HOA lawyers charge $150 just to give me a detailed statement and for them not to have it in the court papers already

    Is there a limit that has to be past due for HOA being able to foreclosure on your home? If we just pay the amount do we still need to give a written response to the court?

    Dennis’s Answer

    Consider meeting with an attorney to address this matter. HOA foreclosures proceed much faster than a typical lender foreclosure case. If you can afford to pay the arrearage, meet with an attorney to discuss the best way to do so without incurring a lot more in HOA attorney fees.

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  • Tenant had unauthorized pets that left damage. Also smoked in home. They claim they'll sue if they don't receive 100% deposit

    Our tenants lied on their application about no pets and no smoking. We found out they smoked after moving in and they promised to smoke outside. The house smells of stale smoke. They had multiple long term guests which was against lease policy. Th...

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    If you follow the statutory procedure regarding security deposits, Fla. Stat. sec 83.49, you should be able to keep the portion of the security deposit that covers your damages. If you fail to provide proper notice, then the tenant will most likely win in a lawsuit to recover their security deposit and for you to pay their attorneys fees. The notice provision is very important.

    Be sure to document everything with pictures and repair estimates. Be prepared to testify in court regarding the damage to the property.

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  • Is suing is always about getting money? Can l go to court p, suing without asking money? What court can l suing without money?

    I want to sue for violation of my legal rights by a business/ I want the court to order injunctive relief against the business to make them stop violate my legal rights, without asking for paying money fine. Just justice! What court is best to...

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    If you sue a business, the business will probably be represented by an attorney. An experienced attorney will probably raise so many obstacles that it will take a very long time to get to trial if you are not in small claims court. Most likely the attorney will get the case dismissed. Pay for a legal consult to figure out the best way to approach the legal problem.

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