Evictions are stressful procedures that often require the support of an Eviction attorney so you can rent property without lost time and the loss of significant amounts of money. A St Petersburg Eviction Attorney can help residential and commercial landlords evict problematic tenants due to missed payments or lease breaches. An eviction lawyer can also claim for damages and seek to collect missed rent. All of this can be discussed with your attorney beforehand to ensure you perform a quick and flawless eviction process.
Experienced St Petersburg Eviction Services Attorneys
A Division of Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A.
St Petersburg Real Estate Attorneys Howard P. Ross and Andrew R. Pardun have over 50 years worth of successful experience working as Eviction Attorneys in St Petersburg. As highly rated litigators, their expertise in Real Estate can help you regain possession of your property and evict tenants.
Ross and Pardun are attorneys at Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. which for over 60 years has been providing outstanding legal assistance to St. Petersburg. Battaglia Ross Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. is ranked by US News and World Reports as a Tier 1 Law Firm.
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If you need an Eviction Attorney in St Petersburg, then contact us today for a free initial consultation so we can discuss your situation and prepare an eviction notice.
Evictions as a Landlord
If you’re a commercial or residential landlord with a problematic tenant, then you’ll need legal support to perform an efficient eviction process.
There are various reasons why as a landlord you may be desperate to get your tenant out of your property. The most common is mispaid rent. In these circumstances, your tenants are no longer tenants but squatters or guests in your home.
In this position, the proper cause of action is ‘Unlawful Detainer,’ not an eviction. A court order giving you possession of the property is still required; it is illegal to lock out the tenants or parties occupying your property. Other cases often include breached leases and behavior that continued after prior warnings.
Florida law requires landlords go through a Court process to remove any tenants that live in their property. It is not legal to remove the tenant yourself, even if you have a lease or contract that states you can.
A St Petersburg eviction for non-payment of rent has the following steps:
- Tenants are sent a 3-day Eviction Notice.
- Filing of the complaint.
- Serving the summons and the complaint.
- The tenant has 5 business days to answer the complaint.
- If the notice is contested, with tenants meeting the requirements, then the case goes to court.
- If no answer is given, the landlord moves for default judgment.
- Final Judgement
- Obtain Writ of Possession or deliver to the Sheriff’s Office
Can a Tenant fight an eviction?
Florida is one of the most landlord friendly states in the country as there are tough barriers on tenants who wish to contest unpaid rent evictions. The tenant would have to deposit the rent that is owed to the court. Without doing that, they cannot challenge it.
Can Landlord Get Missed Payments Back?
Generally, it’s extremely difficult to collect unpaid rent from an evicted tenant. In most cases, if the tenant hasn’t paid rent, it’s because they don’t have the funds to do so. Florida law also has strong restrictions against the collection of wages from head-of-households. Attorneys can provide you with guidance in your attempts, but it is usually a lost cause unless you are certain the tenant has the money.
Like an eviction, an ejection is used by a landlord to remove someone from their property. Ejection is a process where a dispute over who owns the property is resolved, rather than who is in possession of it. Ejectments are expensive and take far longer than evictions. They’re complicated and daunting to take on without the expert assistance of a real estate attorney.
Hire an Eviction Service Attorney in St Petersburg, Florida
If you are a landlord or tenant concerned about taking on the eviction process alone then contact St Petersburg Real Estate Attorneys Ross & Pardun. With decades worth of experience, they’ll be able to guide you through the process and ensure your eviction is efficient and low cost.