In Florida, you may not use “self help” in evicting your tenant. In other words, you must go through the courts to have a tenant removed, or you may subject yourself to serious legal liabilities.
Eviction may be necessary if your tenant stops paying rent, or if your tenant breaches a term of the lease. You must be aware that in many situations you will need to deliver a notice to the tenant regarding the breach or non-payment, and in many cases you will need to give the tenant time to fix the problem before proceeding with eviction. How much time you must give the tenant will depend on the situation, and there are some cases where notice is required, but the tenant will not have an opportunity to fix the issues.
There are a number of steps to properly evicting your tenant, and timing is important to make the process go as quickly as possible. The longer you delay, the longer you will miss the opportunity to bring in a new tenant.
Also, the amount of time that the tenant gets to respond to your complaint for eviction will depend on whether you are seeking to retake possession of the property, money damages, or both. When you are looking for an eviction attorney, you should bring with you a copy of the signed lease, and a copy of any notices that you have delivered to your tenant.