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What responsibility of landlord to supply housing to tenants who must vacate for termite treatment for pending property sale.

Hollywood, FL |

Rent in our case is paid up to 2.22.13. New landlord says building must be tented, must leave for 2 days. Two people and a cat are involved. About 30-40 tenants in building.

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Florida Law is very specific as to what Landlords are responsible for in maintaining the premises. However, you need to first look at your lease and see if it varies from what I am about to tell you. In the event that the lease says different, it will control.
The Statute states that the landlord is generally responsible for the extermination of wood-destroying organisms and when vacation of the premises is required for such extermination, the landlord shall abate the rent. The tenant shall be required to temporarily vacate the premises for a period of time not to exceed 4 days, on 7 days’ written notice, if necessary, for extermination.
It would benefit you to have a landlord/tenant attorney look at your lease so they can explain exactly what your rights are in this situation.

This communication is not intended to, and does not, create an attorney/client relationship. You are encouraged to consult with an attorney in your area to discuss your case in person. Roberto M. Vazquez, Esq. and the Morey Law Firm, P.A. practice law throughout the state of Florida. Please visit our website at

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