The Florida rental agreements are for creating a contract between a lessor (“landlord”) and a lessee (“tenant”) for the use of property in return for monthly payment. The tenant may be requested to fill in a rental application to see if they qualify financially for rental unit. Depending on their credit score, previous rental history, references, and past employers the landlord will be able to make a decision to issue a prepared lease agreement for signature.
Form Description Types
The landlord must identify the person, if it is the landlord then write their information, that is authorized to send and receive notices. The name and address must be included. Statute 83.50
The landlord must inform the tenant in housing units above three (3) stories of the availability of fire protection.
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According to (404.056), every lease must contain the following statement in regards to Radon gas;
“Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that, when it has accumulated in a building in sufficient quantities, may present health risks to persons who are exposed to it over time. Levels of radon that exceed federal and state guidelines have been found in buildings in Florida. Additional information regarding radon and radon testing may be obtained from your county health department.”
If higher than normal levels of radon are or have been detected on the premises, the radon disclosure form is required.
If a deposit is collected by the landlord, they have thirty (30) days to inform the tenant of the banking institution it is at including the type of account, interest or non-interest, including the the interest amount (if any). (Statute 83.49)
- Security Deposit Cap; No statutory limit.
- Returning Security Deposit; The landlord must return the deposit within fifteen days unless there are deductions. If there are deductions, notice must be given within thirty (30) days and the remainder of the monies must be sent to the tenant.
- Access to Rental Property; (Statute 83.53) The landlord must give at least twelve (12) hours notice before entering the tenant’s rental property for any non-emergency use.
- When is Rent Late; (Statutes 83.56(3) and (4)) Rent is due on the date specified in the lease contract. Although the landlord may not charge a late fee unless it is specifically written. The landlord may still be able to give the three (3) day eviction notice giving the tenant time to either pay the full amount due or vacate the property.