It depends. if you and the LL agreed that your possession would be transient (temporary), then there is possibility they could have you arrested for not leaving under Section 509.141. Florida Statutes. If not, and you can prove it, then they have to use the eviction process.
There is a rebuttable presumption that a tenancy is a transient occupancy if the unit occupied by the guest is not the sole residence of the guest. Conversely, there is a presumption that a guest is NOT in transient occupancy if the unit is the sole residence of the guest. For example, even if an establishment qualifies as a public lodging establishment, if the unit is the sole residence of the guest, as evidenced by lack of a permanent address elsewhere, receipt of mail at the address of the dwelling unit, or identification such as a driver license reflecting the address of the unit, the guest is not in transient occupancy, and the provisions authorizing the arrest and removal of undesirable guests from such establishments do not apply. Such facts indicate a landlord/tenant situation, which must be resolved with a civil action for eviction.
To be sure here, it would be best to consult with a good local real estate attorney ASAP.
Hope this helps.
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Hotels/motels are a lot harder to prove. Unless you get mail there or your driver's license address is there (both rare) those are the other factors to show residency. Now saying that, even if you established a tenancy that requires eviction due to over 12 months living there and not transient in nature, you dont really want an eviction on your public record or no one will rent to you in the future. It would be better to leave as they asked. They can ask whatever they want, you can choose to make it easy and leave or make it hard and make them sue you for eviction which will follow you for years to come.
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The question hinges on whether or not you have a tenancy and if so, what type. Based on your question it appears you do not have a written lease. An oral lease is valid and the ability to terminate an oral lease is predicated upon the intervals at which rent is paid. If you pay rent weekly you are a week to week tenant and to terminate the tenancy at least 7 days notice and if monthly at least 15 days notice before the end of the rental term..
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