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  • Will I have to move?

    We signed a year lease and just moved in 4 months ago to a house. My landlord just sent an email stating that we have to make our home available for showing because he is going to sell it. Is that allowed? And what happens if he sells it? Our neig...

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    Yes the landlord has the right to show the property but only to the extent that it does not affect your quiet enjoyment of the property. If the property is sold the new purchaser most likely takes the property subject to the lease and becomes your new landlord. A lot of this depends on your lease. What does the lease say about showing the property?

    12 hours notice is the minimum notice required for repairs. When the landlord wants to show the property I believe they have to be more considerate of your time and right to quiet enjoyment.

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  • Can I legally enter the house on May 31, 2016 when the lease expires? What if the tenant wont leave?

    I have tenant with one year lease and expires May 31, 2016. I dont want to renew due to continously being late on rent. Currently I have not received April 1 rent of $1400. I sent certified 60 day notice of non-renewal to tenant and her son. Th...

    Dennis’s Answer

    As the other attorneys have mentioned, you should not enter the premises and change the locks. What they failed to mention is that such action can be deemed self-help eviction and you would be responsible for three months rent as a penalty. So the tenant could sue you for at least $4,200.00 plus attorneys fees and costs if you change the locks.

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  • Normal fee a lawyer can get from your settlement if you didn't go to court settled case in mediation

    Hi my NAME IS JERMAINE MY WIFE WAS IN A CAR ACCIDENT IN STATE OF FLORIDA AND HER BACK WAS INJURED but IT WAS A 6 CAR WRECK SO LAWYER SAID SHE WOULD RECIEVE BUT 3000 and that the doctor fees would get that .BUT TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT HE TOLD ME...

    Dennis’s Answer

    In a contingency fee case there must be a written contract. If he does not have a contract he is not entitled 1/3 of the recovery. You can call the Florida Bar regarding the fees.

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  • Can I be sued for unpaid rent after I move out?

    I stayed in a condo under my moms name, and she sold it to a buyer. The buyer allowed us to stay paying rent to them until we buy a new place. We finally moved out owing rent money to them. I was paying little by little because I had a deal to pay...

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    Yes the landlord can sue you. But their ability to collect may be limited by your circumstances. Garnishing wages is not always a sure thing. If you are head of household or if you have limited assets they will have difficulty collecting. If they file a lawsuit, consult an attorney immediately, even if it is just for a consultation to know what your rights are.

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  • Florida mobile home park. landlord trying to give me new lease with added things. Like no underwear showing. Can he do this ??

    I have been here for 2 years. I am buying my Mobile home and rent the lot. last year my landlord gave me a letter stating that he was not going to renew my lease in September 2015. Now he want's me to sign this new lease different from my previous...

    Dennis’s Answer

    Whether the landlord can change the rent and the rules like that will depend on whether you are in a mobile home park or just a regular lot. If you are in a mobile home park he may not be able to raise the rents arbitrarily. You should consult a landlord-tenant lawyer that has experience with mobile home law. He may also be prevented from nonrenewing your lease.

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  • Do i have the right to contest a service charge for a rental company?

    I have rented a property. Since day one been having trouble with a toilet. They sent someone out now 5 times over the last 6 months. The latest time they are trying to charge me$275.00 service charge. The first guy that came out said that the sept...

    Dennis’s Answer

    Yes, you can contest the charge. Read your lease to see who is responsible for maintenance issues. Consult a landlord-tenant lawyer that represents tenants.

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  • Can a soon to be landlord keep a deposit?

    I put a deposit down on an apartment Monday. I got a receipt and copy of a lease. But the lease was never signed as I wasn't going to be moving in for a few weeks. I also never got the key. My move in was based on my pay check which turned out...

    Dennis’s Answer

    Consider sending a letter to the LL by certified mail demanding that he return your security deposit. If it is not returned, consider small claims court.

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  • General guide for defendant of condo pipe burst flooding lawsuit

    The water pipe burst in condo unit A and flooded the unit B. Unit B has no insurance. The owner of Unit B is going to sue owner of Unit A on “negligence” to recover his damage cost. What is the general guide on what the owner of Unit A should do?

    Dennis’s Answer

    The owner of unit A should notify the insurance company immediately. If they don't have insurance, the owner may need an attorney to defend them or negotiate settlement.

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  • I was fired because I got Cancer. Is this legal?

    I was working for the company x for more then 5 years. I was the top of my payscale and with an amazing reputation. On one point I start feeling very sick and I thought maybe is the crazy lifestyle due to the nature of my work; so I decided to tak...

    Dennis’s Answer

    If you were working in California at the time you should discuss the matter with a CA employment lawyer. repost this question under California Employment Law. You may be able to find an attorney that will represent you on a contingent basis.

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  • DEFENDANT'S NOTICE OF INTENT TO PARTICIPATE IN DISCOVERY AND DEMAND FOR FAVORABLE AND IMEACHMENT INFORMATION ????

    What's does this mean ?

    Dennis’s Answer

    I'm not sure what that means. I think an attorney will need to see the actual pleading to be able to tell you what the defendant is trying to do.

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