Landlord/Tenant

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Law Office of Judith Delabar | Your Landlord-Tenant Lawyer in Deland, Florida

At the Law Office of Judith Delabar, we work with clients on both sides of landlord and tenant issues in the Deland, Florida area. There are many specific regulations involved in the landlord/tenant relationship. Many of your legal rights are laid out in your lease, providing the lease is well-drafted. There are also local laws that govern a relationship between the landlord and tenant.

When you’re looking for an attorney to protect your rights as a landlord or a tenant, it’s important to find a lawyer who works heavily in your geographic location. The laws can differ significantly from county to county and a local lawyer is more aptlan to be familiar with the way the local laws impact your case.

Eviction

An eviction is a legal action to remove a tenant who has a lease agreement requiring the payment of rent. It may be either verbal or written. The tenant has five days not including Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays to file an answer to a landlord’s complaint. An answer can be any type of response, even a handwritten note from the tenant to the Judge.

The case can take many unpredictable turns depending on what the tenant says in the answer. This can lead to prolonged litigation, hearings, mediation, and even trial. We can help you navigate this process and avoid the countless legal pitfalls that you may encounter. This is especially true if the tenant has hired an attorney to represent them.

Unlawful Detainer

An unlawful detainer is a legal action to remove a tenant who does NOT have a lease agreement requiring the payment of rent. They may be in possession of all or just a part of the premises and with permission of the owners. An unlawful detainer action is usually filed when the owner withdraws permission and the person will not leave voluntarily.

Like an eviction the tenant has five days not including Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays to file an answer to the complaint. An answer can be any type of response, even a handwritten note from the tenant to the Judge. There are very few legitimate defenses to an unlawful detainer action.

The case can take many unpredictable turns depending on what the tenant says in the answer. This can lead to prolonged litigation, hearings, mediation, and even trial. We can help you navigate this process and avoid the countless legal pitfalls that you may encounter. This is especially true if the tenant has hired an attorney to represent them.

Services Offered in the Area of Landlord-Tenant Law

We work with clients who own and rent properties, as well as tenants who are having difficulties with their lease or are currently facing eviction.

For landlords, we can help in all areas of the leasing process. This includes drafting a proper lease that protects your interests and clearly lays out the parameters of a leasing agreement. This can be an important step because landlords often find that their best interests were not protected by generic, downloaded forms where area specific information is not considered. We also work with landlords who may be facing issues with non-paying tenants or past tenants who have damaged property.

For tenants, there are certain responsibilities that your landlord must meet in order to be legally due their rent payments. This includes a habitable space. Renters also may have a legal dispute if the landlord has not followed the legal protocol in order to pursue eviction or if there is a disagreement over the return of a security deposit.

If you’re looking for a lawyer who works with tenant and landlord law in the Deland, FL area, contact us today.