Can a Florida Lic. contractor legally work on a rental property without the owners permission?

Tenant damaged property significantly. The lease stated no painting or work on structure was permitted. Tenant hired a contractor to repair damages without the owners permission and without a permit.

Jacksonville, FL -

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Marshall C Deason Jr.

Marshall C Deason Jr.

Real Estate Attorney - Tampa, FL
Answered

For a landlord to avoid liability for work contracted for by the tenant, the landlord must include a provision in the lease prohibiting such action and record a memorandum of that provision of the lease in the public records of the county in which the property is located. If you are unsure of your rights and responsibilities as a landlord, you should consult an experienced real estate lawyer in your area.

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Barbara Billiot Stage

Barbara Billiot Stage

Foreclosure Attorney - Orlando, FL
Answered

It is unclear if your question is about getting stuck with a bill you didn't authorize or if you are unhappy with the work done. Any claim would be against the tenant.

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Lucreita D. Becude

Lucreita D. Becude

Family Law Attorney - Jacksonville, FL
Answered

No. Without the landlord's permission, the tenant then becomes responsible for any damages that occur. I can't imagine a contractor not checking with the landlord. The contractor can be sued for damages as well.

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