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Andrea M. Johnson

Andrea Johnson’s Answers

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  • I am not on the lease agreement. The eviction names me as a tenant. Do I have to give a deposition to the plaintiff?

    Andrea’s Answer

    Parties to lawsuits are entitled to obtain information and evidence during the course of the lawsuit. This is called “discovery.” Sometimes that “discovery” includes taking depositions of both parties and non-parties. If you are being sued as a party, or are being summoned for a deposition, I recommend that you contact a local attorney as soon as possible so that you may be advised of your rights. There are very strict and short deadlines in an eviction case for parties to respond to the lawsuit.

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  • What steps can I take against my landlord who is not doing what is stated in the lease agreement

    Andrea’s Answer

    Generally when a Landlord is not complying with its obligations under the Lease, you have rights under Florida law to require the Landlord to comply. I would refer you to sections 83.51, 83.56, and 83.60, Florida Statutes, for a general overview of those rights and, specifically, the 7-day notice. The terms of your written Lease may also include certain remedies that you may seek. This is simply an overview and not intended to be legal advice on all of your rights, but is a good starting point. The facts of your specific case will determine the appropriate approach to take, so I certainly recommend speaking with a local attorney.

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