Landlord-Tenant Lawyers Allege that Residents are Being Improperly Evicted from Trailer Park in North Florida
According to reporting from the Pensacola News Journal, a collection of landlord-tenant attorneys who are representing a group of tenants at the Flamingo Park trailer park are alleging that the landlord violated Florida law. The tenants, who are mostly lower income retirees, are scheduled to be evicted in June. Below, our West Palm Beach landlord-tenant litigation lawyers provide an overview the claim being raised in this case and explain what landlords need to know about eviction laws in Florida.
The Allegations: Violation of the Florida Mobile Home Act
As of June 15th, 2019, the residents at the Flamingo Park motor home park in Pensacola, Florida are being evicted from the property. Reporters from the Pensacola News Journal report that the tenants were given 30 days notice to vacate the premises. It should be noted that, for the most part, 30 days is sufficient notice for tenants who are on a month-to-month lease. If there is no lease agreement, then landlords generally have the right to decline renewal if they give 30 days notice. Though, there are some exceptions. One of those exceptions may be implicated in this case: tenants’ rights lawyers argue that Florida law requires a mandatory six months notice in this situation.
Specifically, the lawyers point to the terms of the Florida Mobile Home Act. This is the legislation that governs the rental and leasing of mobile homes in the state of Florida. They argue that the law requires landlords and developers to give six months notice ― by both registered mail and on-site postings — prior to a mass relocation. If a court determines that the landlord violated the requirements of state law, an injunction can be issued that will prevent the evictions until proper notice is issued.
Landlords Must Follow Proper Eviction Procedures
Florida has strict eviction laws. Commercial and residential landlords seeking to evict tenants — whether for nonpayment, other lease violations, or in an effort to redevelop property — should always take care to comply with all relevant rules and regulations. The failure to do so can lead to problems.
Regardless of the specific circumstances you are dealing with, it is essential that an eviction is handled in a proactive manner. Generally, notice requirements are among the strongest rules that protect tenants in Florida. If landlord does not give adequate notice, courts have the authority to halt an eviction and, if appropriate, issue other sanctions or penalties.
Our West Palm Beach landlord-tenant litigation lawyers have the skills and knowledge needed to competently advise landlords on eviction regulations and other related issues. We are prepared to protect the rights and interests of you and your company.
Contact Our Florida Landlord-Tenant Attorneys Today
At Pike & Lustig, LLP, our West Palm Beach commercial landlord attorneys have deep experience handling eviction cases. To schedule your confidential initial consultation, please call our legal team right away. With offices in West Palm Beach and Miami, we handle landlord-tenant issues throughout South Florida.