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

Jacksonville, FL |

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.

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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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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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Robert Stuart Weinroth

Robert Stuart Weinroth


YES .. and the contractor is apt to slap on a mechanics lien for work done on the property that is not paid for by tenant. Lease terms need to specifiy obligations as to repairs (who handles/who pays/indeminification issues and whether the tenant has a legal power to bind landlord. As to the contractor, unless there is knowledge of your interest the balance due will remain a lien against the property.


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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