Landlord and Property Manager Update

Legal Articles and Information for Landlords and Property Managers

by the Attorneys at the Law Offices of Heist, Weisse & Wolk, P.A.

VOLUME 12 – ISSUE 2 LEGAL UPDATE

– The Weak Eviction Case
– The Different Nonpayment of Rent Notices
– Lease Extension, Month to Month or New Lease
– Maintaining Safety and Fighting Crime

VOLUME 12 – ISSUE 1 LEGAL UPDATE

– Smoke Detectors – The New 2015 Law
– The Curable Noncompliance – Part 3
– Ensuring the Resident Received Notice
– Properly Executing Corporate Leases and Guaranty Agreements

VOLUME 11 – ISSUE 3 LEGAL UPDATE

– Making Sense of Bankruptcy
– Satellite Dishes and the Property Manager
– Water Damage Prevention
– Penalizing a Resident for Lack of Notice
– When You Don’t Accept Section 8

VOLUME 11 – ISSUE 2 LEGAL UPDATE

– Disclosure of All Facts Prior to Eviction
– Dangers and Difficulties of Evicting Service Members
– Termination or Interruption of the Resident’s Utility and Other Prohibited Actions
– Copying Military ID 
– QUICK LEGAL Q AND A #4

VOLUME 11 – ISSUE 1 LEGAL UPDATE

– The Curable Noncompliance Part 2
– Abandoned Items – Back to Basics 
– Service Members Terminating the Lease
– The “Innocent” Request 
– QUICK LEGAL Q AND A #3

VOLUME 10 – ISSUE 6 LEGAL UPDATE

– The Curable Noncompliance Examined 
– The Attorney Fee Multiplier
– Key Release Considerations 
– January 1, 2014 Lease Disclosure 
– Avoiding The Accidental Rent Acceptance 
– QUICK LEGAL Q AND A #2
– Making Sense of the Adverse Action Notice 

VOLUME 10 – ISSUE 5 LEGAL UPDATE

– Noncompliances And The New Law
– Training Your Vendors And Maintenance Techs
– Deposits When Adding And Subtracting Residents From The Lease
– Bedbugs And The Multifamily Manager
– Dealing With The Deputy at Writ Execution
– Service and Assistance Animals

VOLUME 10 – ISSUE 4 LEGAL UPDATE

– The New Law and the Multi Family Home Manager
– The New Law and the Single Family Home Manager
– Understanding the New Power of Attorney Law
– Vendor Contracts and the Property Manager
– Single Family Home Legal Q and A
– The Fair Housing Lady

VOLUME 10 – ISSUE 3 LEGAL UPDATE

– Your Resident’s Ledger 
– 20 Traits of Top Property Managers 
– Managing Association Owned Units
– Replacing Appliances
– The Fair Housing Lady Q & A

VOLUME 10 – ISSUE 2 LEGAL UPDATE

– How E-Filing Will Impact You
– Resident Death Revisited
– Abandoned Property and Unusual Items
– Dealing With A Blanket Subpoena
– The Fair Housing Lady Q & A

VOLUME 10 – ISSUE 1 LEGAL UPDATE

– Three Day Notice Serving 
– Access Gates
– Late Fees
– The Fair Housing Lady Q & A

VOL 9 – ISSUE 8 LEGAL UPDATE

– Investigating the Potential New Account 
– Garages, Storage Units and Parking Spaces
– Attorney’s Fees and Property Management Law
– The Fair Housing Lady Q & A

VOLUME 9 – ISSUE 7 LEGAL UPDATE

– Receiving The Initial Funds 
– Showing the Unit 
– Water Temperature and Liability

VOLUME 9 – ISSUE 6 LEGAL UPDATE

– Resident’s Maintenance Obligations under Florida Law
– Property Manager’s Maintenance Obligations under Florida Law
– Returning Rent Pre-Eviction 

VOLUME 9 – ISSUE 5 LEGAL UPDATE

– Suing A Former Resident 
– The Writ of Possession 
– The Fair Credit Reporting Act 
 Resident Contact Information 

VOLUME 9 – ISSUE 4 LEGAL UPDATE

– Security Deposits 
– Fictitious Names 
– Releasing a Resident 
 Statistical Lease Scoring 

VOLUME 9 – ISSUE 3 LEGAL UPDATE

– Move-Out Inspection Procedures 
– On Premises Accidents and Incidents 
 Collections and the Property Manager 

VOLUME 9 – ISSUE 2 2012 LEGAL UPDATE

– Truss Marking Rule 
– Home Based Businesses 
 The Early Termination Law 

VOLUME 9 – ISSUE 1 LEGAL UPDATE

– Delivery Acceptance Procedures
– Satellite Dish Installation Restrictions
– Prize Promotions
 Florida Towing Laws and the Property Manager 

VOLUME 8 – ISSUE 12  LEGAL UPDATE

– The Agreement to Vacate 
– Requiring Notice Prior to Lease End
 Lease Break By the Resident 

VOLUME 8 – ISSUE 11  LEGAL UPDATE

– Execution Of Corporate Lease And Guaranty Agreements 
– Worthless Checks
 Renter’s Insurance and the Property Manager 

VOLUME 8 – ISSUE 10 LEGAL UPDATE

– Access by the Property Manager 
– Eviction Avoidance Techniques 
 Sexual Offenders and Predators 
– Reopen Fees 

VOLUME 8 – ISSUE 9  LEGAL UPDATE

– Prohibited Practices Under 83.67 
– Allowing Access to Others
 Verbal Maintenance Requests 
– Communicating With Attorneys 

VOLUME 8 – ISSUE 8  LEGAL UPDATE

– On-Site Resident Transfers
 Denial of Access by the Resident
– Wrongful Evictions

VOLUME 8 – ISSUE 7  LEGAL UPDATE

– Resident’s Remaining Personal Property
 Guaranty of Lease Agreement
– Understanding the Power of Attorney

VOLUME 8 – ISSUE 6 LEGAL UPDATE

– Pre Access Inspections and the Move In Inspection Procedure
 Rent and the Three Day Notice
– Pets and the Property Manager

VOLUME 8 – ISSUE 5  LEGAL UPDATE

– Is the Unit Ours Yet?
 The Resident in Bankruptcy
– Concessions and the Property Manager

VOLUME 8 – ISSUE 4 LEGAL UPDATE

– Winning the Contested Eviction Action 
 Apartment Locator Services and Resident Referrals 
– The Deceased Tenant

VOLUME 8 – ISSUE 3 LEGAL UPDATE

– Onsite Employee Rentals
 Reporting Procedures for Rental Agents 
– Understanding Small Claims Court
 Advertising the Property and Dealing With Prospects Part 1 

VOLUME 8 – ISSUE 2 LEGAL UPDATE

– When a Court Appearance becomes Necessary
 Military Personnel 
 Lease Execution Procedures 

VOLUME 8 – ISSUE 1 LEGAL UPDATE

– Obtaining and Collecting On a Judgment
 Excluding Items In The Single Family Home 
 Understanding Renters Insurance 

VOLUME 7 – ISSUE 12 LEGAL UPDATE

– The Landlord Nonrenewing the Month to Month Tenancy
 A Year End Review with an Eye Towards 2011
 Access by the Landlord

VOLUME 7 – ISSUE 11 LEGAL UPDATE

– Resident Improvement Repairs and Maintenance
– The Dangers of Doing Favors for Residents
 The Absolute Proper Three Day Notice
 The Tenant Nonrenewing the Month to Month Tenancy

VOLUME 7 – ISSUE 10 LEGAL UPDATE

– Florida Sales and Use Tax
 The Tenant’s Duty to Maintain
 Evictions and Florida Evidence Law

VOLUME 7 – ISSUE 9 LEGAL UPDATE

– A Mid-Year Review Part 2
 Security Deposit Transfer Procedures
 The Landlord’s Duty to Maintain

VOLUME 7 – ISSUE 8 LEGAL UPDATE

– A Mid-Year Review Part 1
 The New Condo/HOA Laws and the Property Manager Part 2
 Retaliatory Nonrenewals

VOLUME 7 – ISSUE 7 LEGAL UPDATE

– Finder’s Fee Arrangements
 The Power of Attorney
 The New Condo/HOA laws
 Dealing with the Unit Fire Part 1

VOLUME 7 – ISSUE 6 LEGAL UPDATE

– Abandonment of the Premises
 Using Free Public Records When Screening
 Releasing Servicemembers from their Leases
 Free Online Market Surveys

VOLUME 7 – ISSUE 5 LEGAL UPDATE

– Powers and Limitations of Police Reports
 The Writ of Possession and the Full Unit
 Lawns and Landscaping

VOLUME 7 – ISSUE 4 LEGAL UPDATE

– Complying with the Truss Marking Rule
 Fighting Crime at Your Property
 The Census and the Landlord

VOLUME 7 – ISSUE 3 LEGAL UPDATE

– The Resident in the Military and Evictions
 Security Deposit Deductions
 The Application Process

VOLUME 7 – ISSUE 2 LEGAL UPDATE

– Guide to Florida Eviction Motions
 NSF Payments – Checks Drawn on Insufficient Funds 
 Stopping an Eviction
 The Demand for Insurance Information

VOLUME 7 – ISSUE 1 LEGAL UPDATE

– Discovery of the Sexual Predator/Offender
 Raising and Lowering the Rent
 Embracing Social Media – Guest Article
 Waiver and Estoppel

VOLUME 6 – ISSUE 12 LEGAL UPDATE

– Lease Cancellations by the Resident
 Guarantors and Renewals
 Roommate Disputes and the Property Manager 
 A Year End Review 

VOLUME 6 – ISSUE 11 LEGAL UPDATE

– Security Deposit Claim Form Preparation Basics 
 Understanding Constructive and Retaliatory Evictions
 Dogs and Insurance 
 AAGO and OPD Crime Free Multihousing 

VOLUME 6 – ISSUE 10 LEGAL UPDATE

– COA/HOA and Service/Amenity Removals 
 Evictions and the Mediation Process
 Responding Properly to the Tenant
 Missing the Obvious

VOLUME 6 – ISSUE 9 LEGAL UPDATE

– The Better Business Bureau Complaint
 The Dangers of Rental Assistance Forms
 Screening Your Owner

VOLUME 6 – ISSUE 8 LEGAL UPDATE

– Letters of Protection
 The Latest Landlord/Tenant Scams
 Sales Tax and Seasonal Rentals
 Carpet Damage

VOLUME 6 – ISSUE 7 LEGAL UPDATE

– Failing To Tell Your Attorney All The Facts
 No More Notices After Non-Renewal
 Foreclosure Quick Q & A
 The Mechanics of the Tenant Release

VOLUME 6 – ISSUE 6 LEGAL UPDATE

– Eviction Costs Beginnning July 1, 2009 
 When All Tenants Don’t Sign
 The Residential Oral Lease
 The Employee Tenant

VOLUME 6 – ISSUE 5 LEGAL UPDATE

– Move-In Inspection Procedures
 Click2Mail Certified Mail
 Chinese Drywall and the Landlord
 Forfeiture of the Security Deposit

VOLUME 6 – ISSUE 4 LEGAL UPDATE

– Tenant Death And The Obsolete Lease 
 Concession Paybacks and the Early Termination Law
 Authorizing the Unauthorized Pet
 Mid-America’s Open Arms Program

VOLUME 6 – ISSUE 3 LEGAL UPDATE

– Accumulated Utility Bills, Late Charges and The Tenant
 Statistically Measuring the Risk of Lease Default
The Deceased Property Owner
The Missing Lease

VOLUME 6 – ISSUE 2 LEGAL UPDATE

– Court Etiquette and Procedure
 Identity Theft Part 2
Pet Application Tips
Application Deposits

VOLUME 6 – ISSUE 1 LEGAL UPDATE

– The Skipping Tenant
 Identity Theft Part 1
Eviction Avoidance Techniques
Refusing Electronic Payments

VOLUME 5 – ISSUE 12 LEGAL UPDATE

– Barking Dogs and Common Sense
– Forgetting to Send the Security Deposit Claim
– Modifying the Rent Amount

VOLUME 5 – ISSUE 11 LEGAL UPDATE

– New Pool Rules in Effect
– Foreclosures Revisited
– Partial Rent Acceptance
– When Tenants Deny Access 

VOLUME 5 – ISSUE 10 LEGAL UPDATE

– Changes at the Firm!
– One Tenant Vacating
– Inclusionary Zoning Ordiance Defeated
– Who is the Landlord 
– Minimizing Fire Dangers at Move-in 
– Housing for Older Persons

VOLUME 5 – ISSUE 9 LEGAL UPDATE

– Revising the Security Deposit Claim
– Accepting Rent and the Seven Day Notice 
– Know the Lease 
– Common Screening Mistakes

VOLUME 5 – ISSUE 8 LEGAL UPDATE

– The Incarcerated Tenant
– Risks of Increasing Revenues from Tenant Charges 
– The Tenant and the Electric Bill 
– A Security Deposit Primer Part 2 Initial Disclosures
– Welcoming the Disabled Tenant 

VOLUME 5 – ISSUE 7 LEGAL UPDATE

– Understanding The New Early Termination Law 
– Evictions Now That Filing Fees Have Exploded 
– A Security Deposit Primer – Part 1 Holding The Funds 
– The Early Termination Law And The Single Family Home Manager
– Creating Written Policies 

VOLUME 5 – ISSUE 6 LEGAL UPDATE

– HB 1489: FAA’s Early Lease Termination Bill Enacted Into Law 
– Dealing With The Chronic Late Payer 
– Computer Disaster Preparedness 
– Exclusions from the Tenancy 
– No Social Security Number- No Problem

VOLUME 5 – ISSUE 5 LEGAL UPDATE

– 2008 Legislative Update 
– Avoiding Acceptance of Rent
– Your “Work Order Policy” and the Law 
– The Corporation as a Tenant 
– What are Different Terms and Conditions?

VOLUME 5 – ISSUE 4 LEGAL UPDATE

– Properly Executing the Writ 
– Importance of Updated Contact Information
– Surrender of the Premises 
– The Owner’s Official Address 
– What is a Refusal?

VOLUME 5 – ISSUE 3 LEGAL UPDATE

– The Leasebreak by the Tenant
– Copying ID- Is it Legal?
– Are you Inspecting Enough
– Foreclosure and Disclosure
– Live-In Caregivers

VOLUME 5 – ISSUE 2 LEGAL UPDATE

– AAGO Press Release
– Lease Renewals And Money Owed 
– The Importance Of Accuracy
– Inheriting The Bad Lease 
– Evictions and Fair Housing

VOLUME 5 – ISSUE 1 LEGAL UPDATE

– Evictions and Repair Requests
– Who Do You Work for?
– Desperate Landlord Actions 
– Foreclosure Scams 
– An Agent’s Liability

VOLUME 4 – ISSUE 12 LEGAL UPDATE

– Rental Registration Fee Victory
– Lockout Procedures
– Releasing Credit Reports and Social Security Numbers
– Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?

VOLUME 4 – ISSUE 11 LEGAL UPDATE

– Bad Security Deposit Habits – Part 2 
– Methamphetamine And The Rental Premises
– Soldiers, Sailors, And Tenants 
– Park It Right Here 

VOLUME 4 – ISSUE 10 LEGAL UPDATE

– Keys and Possession
– Dealing with Rental Furniture
– The Belligerent Tenant
– The Tenant Security Deposit Dispute 
– Harassment

VOLUME 4 – ISSUE 9 LEGAL UPDATE

– Doing Favors for Landlords
– No more rentals in Condos?
– Bad Security Habits
– Housekeeping Problems

VOLUME 4 – ISSUE 8 LEGAL UPDATE

– Termination Fees in 2007 – Are they legal?
– Suing a Tenant for Money Owed
– Foreclosure and your Owners”
– Hurricanes And Tropical Storms
– Supervision Of Children

VOLUME 4 – ISSUE 7 LEGAL UPDATE

– Anti-Growth Ballot Initiative Threat To Apartment Industry
– Preventing Flood Damage
– Credit Reports And “Dismissals”
– Holding Off On Evicting
– The End Of Tenancy Walkthrough Inspection
– Advertising Without Discriminating

VOLUME 4 – ISSUE 6 LEGAL UPDATE

– 2007 Florida Legislative Update – A Mixed Bag
– Tenant Death and the New Law
– The Security Deposit Claim and What the Tenant Owes
– The “Last Known Address”
– Independent Living

VOLUME 4 – ISSUE 5 LEGAL UPDATE

– Amenities and Liability – No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
– The Tenant and The Electric Bill
– Dishing the Dish
– Screening on the Basis of Criminal Background

VOLUME 4 – ISSUE 4 LEGAL UPDATE

– Tenant Surrenders But Continues to Pay the Rent
– Unclaimed Security Deposit Funds Procedure
– Code Enforcement and the Property Manager
– Are You Up to Date?

VOLUME 4 – ISSUE 3 LEGAL UPDATE

– Releasing Your Tenant From A Lease 
– Does a Lease Terminate When a Property Sells?
– Making Reasonable Modifications

VOLUME 4 – ISSUE 2 LEGAL UPDATE

– 2007 Legislative Priorities 
– Interest Bearing Security Deposits
– Foreclosure and the Residential Property Manager
– The Basics of the “Uncontested” Tenant Eviction- The Timeline
– What’s Reasonable About an Accommodation

VOLUME 4 – ISSUE 1 LEGAL UPDATE

– Domestic Disputes and Tenant Restraining Orders
– Removing the Child Criminal
– Mailing the Three-Day Notice
– Noisy Kids and Fair Housing 

VOLUME 3 – ISSUE 12 LEGAL UPDATE

– When To Call The Police On Children
– The Occupant Is Unauthorized But Is Not Causing A Problem 
– Retaliation Is Prohibited

VOLUME 3 – ISSUE 11 LEGAL UPDATE

– Dealing with the Gas Grill
– 
How to Handle the Honest Mistake 
– Termination of Management by the Property Owner 
– How A Complaint Is Investigated

VOLUME 3 – ISSUE 10 LEGAL UPDATE

– The 15 Day Security Deposit Dispute Period
– 
The Home Warranty Problem 
– Can You Prohibit Smoking On The Premises? 
– Renewing a Lease with A Balance Owed
– How A Complaint Is Filed

VOLUME 3 – ISSUE 9 LEGAL UPDATE

– Avoiding Practices Which May Get Your Company Sued
– 
Correct Use of the Promissory Note and Past Due Amounts Workout Agreement
– Lease Breaks Due to Medical Reasons 
– The Importance of the “Little House”

VOLUME 3 – ISSUE 8 LEGAL UPDATE

– The Stack of Bills and Small Claims Court 
– Pre-Property Management Acceptance Investigations
– Evictions and the Rented Garage 
– “Special” Lease Terms

VOLUME 3 – ISSUE 7 LEGAL UPDATE

– Serving Notices – Are Witnesses Necessary?
– Security Deposit Transfer Procedures
– Training Your Property Owners 
– When a Special is Not So Special

VOLUME 3 – ISSUE 6 LEGAL UPDATE

– Tipping Stove Dangers
– Storm Issues and the Residential Tenancy
– Authorizing the Unauthorized Tenant
– Removing a Tenant From a Lease
– Fear vs. Fact

VOLUME 3 – ISSUE 5 LEGAL UPDATE

– 2006 Legislative Session Recap
– Are you Operating Safe in 2006
– Problematic Lease Clauses
– What Do the Locals Say?

VOLUME 3 – ISSUE 4 LEGAL UPDATE

– Daycare and Babysitting Services in the Residential Property
– When a Tenant Dies
– Having a Tenant Sign a Pet Addendum When There is No Current Pet
– ARF! Is that a Service Animal?

VOLUME 3 – ISSUE 3 LEGAL UPDATE

– Managing In Condo or Homeowner Associations
– The Power of the Mold Addendum
– Protecting Yourself From Fair Housing Claims

VOLUME 3 – ISSUE 2 LEGAL UPDATE

– The Dangers of Prepaid Rent
– Returning Rent During an Eviction
– Terminating a Tenant Without Opportunity to Cure
– Squatter or Tenant?
– To Renew or Non-Renew

VOLUME 3 – ISSUE 1 LEGAL UPDATE

– The Verification of Non-Military Status
– The Court Hearing When there is No Money in the Court Registry
– Terminating a Tenant Without Opportunity to Cure
– Hot Lease Tip – Terminating Due to Damages
– Application Criteria Considerations

VOLUME 2 – ISSUE 12 LEGAL UPDATE

– The Motion to Stay the Writ of Possession – a Tenant Delay Tactic
– Billing for Water Now or In The Future
– Prohibited Practices and the Residential Landlord

VOLUME 2 – ISSUE 11 LEGAL UPDATE

– Post Three-Day Notice Communications
– Small Claims Strategies – Settlement
– Document Destruction Compliance

VOLUME 2 – ISSUE 10 LEGAL UPDATE

– Motion to Determine Rent – A Tenant Delay Tactic
– New Sexual Predator and Offender Ordinances and how they affect the Landlord
– Florida Consumer Collection Laws and the Tenant Debt Dispute

VOLUME 2 – ISSUE 9 LEGAL UPDATE

– Insuring a Smooth Tenant Eviction
– The Proper Use of Stipulations
– Requiring Notice Prior to Lease End 
– Security Deposit Timing

VOLUME 2 – ISSUE 8 LEGAL UPDATE

– Transferring the Problem Tenant On-Site
– The Killer Seven Day Rent Withholding Letter From the Tenant
– Condo/Homeowner Association Attorney’s Fees and the Unit Owner

VOLUME 2 – ISSUE 7 LEGAL UPDATE

– Scarboro testimony transcript
– The Writ of Possession
– Governor Bush’s veto of the Mold Bill
– Eviction for Housekeeping issues

VOLUME 2 – ISSUE 6 LEGAL UPDATE

– Safe Harbor Lease Recommendations June 2005
– Collier County Rental Registration and Inspection Fees
– Your Tenant Broke the Lease — Now What?
– Evicting for Unauthorized Occupants
– Termination of a Lease if you Cannot Grant Possession

VOLUME 2 – ISSUE 5 LEGAL UPDATE

– Letters From Attorneys – You Received One, Now What?
– Terminating a Tenant for a Lease Noncompliance
– Hot Lease Tip! The Pet Addendum and Removal of The Pet

VOLUME 2 – ISSUE 4 LEGAL UPDATE

– Urgent Action Needed to Avoid Major Litigation
– The Agreement to Vacate
– The Pet Addendum and Non-Pet Damage

VOLUME 2 – ISSUE 3 LEGAL UPDATE

– Preparing the Three Day Notice
– Terminating the Lease Due to Damage
– Attorney’s Fees and the Landlord/Tenant Relationship

VOLUME 2 – ISSUE 2 LEGAL UPDATE

– Is a Unit Abandoned
– Notifying a Tenant of New Management
– Trampolines – Fun or Fatal
– Legislative Days are Here Again
– FAA Names Gary Scarboro Legislative Affairs Director

VOLUME 2 – ISSUE 1 LEGAL UPDATE

– Security and the Residential Property Manager
– Security Addendum
– Fireworks and the Residential Property Manager
– Serving the Three Day Notice
– 2005 Session Legislative Items

VOLUME 1 – ISSUE 3 LEGAL UPDATE

– Non-Renewing a Tenant
– Paying Leasing Bonuses and Referral Fees
– Safe Harbor Recommendations for Lease Clauses

VOLUME 1 – ISSUE 2 LEGAL UPDATE

– New Banking Procedures for Clearing Checks
– 7 Day Notice of Noncompliance with Opportunity to Cure
– Bankruptcy and the Landlord-Tenant Relationship

VOLUME 1 – ISSUE 1 LEGAL UPDATE

– Requiring notice from tenants prior to lease end
– Display of United States flag by tenants
– Eviction filing fees, some good news!
– Post hurricane considerations! Now what?

Rental news courtesy of Law Offices of Heist, Weisse & Wolk, P.A., Copyright 2004-2014. All Rights Reserved.

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