Legal Question in Landlord & Tenant Law in Florida

I moved into an apartment with my 19 years old daughter and 1 year old grandson. They told me my daughter had to put her name on the lease since she was visiting from Jamaica. Now I got an eviction notice and my daughters name is on it... Is that possible?

Asked on 8/27/13, 11:15 am

2 Answers from Attorneys

Barry Stein De Cardenas, Freixas, Stein & Zachary

Yes it is possible since you added her name to the lease.

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Answered on 8/27/13, 11:19 am

Byron Petersen Byron G. Petersen P.A.

From Byron Petersen

If it is a straight eviction action/tenant removal (no claim for rent associated with it) it really does not matter as long as you are on the lease.

You should, however, consider asking the County Court Eviction Judge to remove your daughter from the lease and from the law suit because she did not have to be on the lease when she was a guest and you were improperly forced to add her. Though your daughter may not have any "liability" concerns, for future credit purposes you do not want a judgment against your daughter. She needs to be let out.

Eviction actions have very strict requirements (both procedural and substantive). For example- 5 days to respond to complaint for eviction. Be sure you meet all deadlines.

You might also wish to speak to an attorney at Legal Services in your county.

The above is based on Florida Law and should not be relied upon without a full airing of all circumstances and options with a Florida Lawyer of your choice. Byron Petersen

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Answered on 8/27/13, 12:15 pm

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