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The basics of commercial eviction in Florida

If you run a business, chances are you rent a space and deal with a landlord on a regular basis. You send in your rent on time and abide by the rules so,

Most of the time, things go along just fine. However, there are times when a small disagreement can escalate into a major dispute and the word "eviction" gets thrown around.

Before you panic, know that your landlord must follow Florida's rules regarding commercial eviction. There are several steps he or she must take before the process can go forward:

  • The first step is for the landlord to give you a notice, in writing, that you have three days to either acquiesce or vacate the property.
  • If you don't respond to the written notice, the landlord will then file a complaint with the court.
  • You will then be given a summons detailing a time and place for a meeting.
  • You will be able to challenge the allegations of your landlord or, if you don't respond;
  • The landlord may win a default judgment and a writ of possession giving the sheriff the authority to forcibly remove you from the premises.

If you don't contest the accusations, the entire process can take around 30 days. If you do, it can go on for many months more.

Here at the Law Offices of Frese Hansen, we have over 25 years of experience representing both tenants and landlords in many different disputes in both practical and cost-effective ways. Give us a call or send us an email today to see how we can help you resolve yours.

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