I know I'll be late for this months rent and I know as a landlord she needs to give a 3 day pay or vacate in florida, if I decide to vacate and she sues me in a small claims court and wins am I obligated to pay her legal fees even though it says nothing on my lease about paying her legal fees? I also want to know if its right for her to walk into the house without notice? Does she have the right to withhold the mail key from the tenant even though she is the landlord? She has never showed me a single utility bill but has only texted me the amount of the utilities and collects it cash from me, is that legal? I just want to know if I have a good defense if she does sue me. If she does sue me for unpaid rent does that go on my credit? Even though it is not an eviction
Yes, if you are on the losing end of a suit then the court can order that you have to pay her reasonable costs of litigation. However, she can only collect for legal fees if she specifically includes that in her lawsuit.
This is not to be considered legal advice nor does an attorney-client relationship exist.
Yes, you will be responsible for attorney fees for the other side in the small claims lawsuit if the Plaintiff asks for them and if the Plaintiff is the prevailing party.
The Landlord cannot enter the premises with no notice unless it is an emergency.
If you have a separate mailbox from the landlord, then you should have your own key.
You can demand to see copies of the utility bills if you are paying part of the total amount.
You should either get a receipt for the cash you pay her or pay in check or money order so you
can prove that you paid it. If you have to go to court, the burden is on the tenant to prove that they paid.
If Landlord gets a judgment against you, that will go on the credit report.
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