The landlord's signature in a lease for a term longer than one year must be witnessed by two subscribing witnesses under Florida Statutes, 689.01 for the lease to be valid.
Florida Statutes, Section 689.01
Florida Statutes, Section 689.01 says conveyances of real estate for a term (i.e., a lease) of more than one year must be witnessed by two subscribing witnesses. Therefore the landlord's signature in a lease, whether residential or commercial, for a term longer than one year must be witnessed by two witnesses for the lease to be valid.
Must the tenant's signature be witnessed?
No, the tenant's signature is never required to be witnessed because the tenant is not conveying an interest in real estate to anyone. However, lease forms that include witness signature blocks for the landlord also typically include witness signature blocks for the tenant, even though it is not legally required to make the lease valid.
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