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Landlord's right to enter : how often landlord ( agent ) can inspect rental property without disturbing tenant's rights ?

Orlando, FL |

I am a landlord, and found tenant have criminal background. I want to put some clause to my agent to inspect property regularly. how often and what cause do I have to do this?

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How regularly is a question of reasonableness on your part and quiet enjoyment with regard to the tenant and more facts are needed. You don't need cause to inspect only proper notice.

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I agree with my colleague that how often you can inspect your property is a matter of how reasonable your requests to inspect are and whether you have given adequate notice to your tenant. I recommend that you review Florida Statute 83.53 which addresses a landlord's access to the dwelling unit. Reasonable notice for the purpose of repair is interpreted as being at least 12 hours prior to entry and conducted between the hours of 7:30 am and 8:00 pm. The statute does allow entry at any time for the protection or preservation of the premises. If you suspect criminal activity, I suggest you notify the local police rather than confront your tenant.

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My two cents to the valuable information already provided would be to suggest instituting background checks when considering prospective tenants.

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