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Non paying renters. I want them out Lease is almost up and I don't want pay to evict if they r going to leave at the end of mo.

Land O Lakes, FL |

Tenants didn't pay Dec rent said use my security deposit.. I said no served them a 3 day notice it did nothing. Jan rent didn't get paid yet either, they won't answer phone calls at all. Lease is up end of Jan I just wanna see how to make sure they leave the end of Jan. Should I do a walk thru now and the day they are supposed to be out? Can i just leave a voicemail with notice that im coming to do a walk thru? Do I have to serve another 3 day notice for this month too? Is there anything else I can serve them beside an eviction notice that costs money?

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  1. You cannot use the security deposit to cover back rent unless your lease agreement allows you to do so. I would serve an updated 3-day notice and then proceed with an eviction.

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  2. As previously stated, your best option is probably to proceed with the eviction. However, you will want to be absolutely certain that the three-day notice you provided the tenant is correct. If you file the eviction based upon a defective notice, you run the chance of having the case dismissed.
    With regard to providing the tenant notice of your entry, you should look to your lease. A properly constructed lease should provide for specifics regarding how to provide notice, the means of delivery, and timing. Keep in mind that if the tenant does not vacate at the end of their lease, you will still have to resort to eviction to get them out.

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