Landlord / Tenant

Landlord / Tenant

If you own a rental property, you know anything can happen – tenants can cause damage, neighbors can report criminal activity. If you’re a tenant, you know that there are some shady landlords out there. Parties in both roles need knowledgeable legal guidance.

That’s where Vaughn Law comes in. We have experience in disputes between landlords and tenants. Our team understands the real estate laws and regulations in Florida and around the Tampa Bay area. We can help you navigate your rights and legal solutions.

Make sure you have expert legal guidance in your landlord/tenant dispute. Request your consultation with Vaughn Law today.


Your situation is unique. But we have expertise managing a variety of residential landlord/tenant disputes. These include:

  • Unpaid rent and debt recovery
  • Evictions
  • Criminal activity, including drug distribution and manufacture
  • False claims, like damage and uninhabitability
  • Landlord’s failure to maintain the Property
  • Aggressive dogs
  • Landlord Self help
  • Security Deposit Disputes


Vaughn Law represents landlord and tenants alike in commercial landlord tenant disputes. We understand that your rental property may be your livelihood and will work hard to protect it! We are knowledgeable and experienced in Florida commercial landlord tenant law.

Vaughn Law has represented a variety of different landlord and tenants in commercial landlord tenant disputes. These include:

  • Commercial evictions
  • Claims for unpaid rent
  • Claims for non-monetary defaults
  • Property damage disputes
  • Maintenance disputes
  • Illegal use of the property


Is the landlord’s verbal notice to vacate sufficient?
No, any notice must be provided in writing!
Is the landlord required to wait until the tenant is 30 days past due on my rent to evict the tenant?
No, depending on the terms of the lease agreement, the landlord may evict the tenant even if the tenant is only a few days behind on rent.
Can the tenant withhold rent or move out of the property if the landlord will not maintain the property or make essential repairs?
Depends. The tenant must provide the Landlord with a written seven-day notice to make the repairs to the property. If the landlord does not make the repairs within the time frame the tenant may withhold a portion of rent or move out of the property depending on
How long does an eviction take?
Depends. Evictions are expedited on the court docket and can be completed in less than 30 days. However, the timing depends on the judge’s case load, and whether a hearing(s) is required.
Can the landlord turn off the tenant’s utilities?
No. The tenant may be entitled to damages in the amount of triple rent if the landlord turns off utilities at the property.
How much notice does the landlord need to provide a tenant to enter the property?
The landlord must provide at least 12 hours’ notice before entering the property to make repairs. The landlord must enter the property during reasonable hours, which are defined as between 7:30 am and 8:00 pm. The landlord may however enter the property at ANY TIME for the protection or preservation of the property.
Does the tenant have to pay rent into the court registry once they have been served with a complaint for eviction?
Yes, but if the tenant disputes the amount of rent that is owed, the tenant may file a Motion to Determine Rent and the court will hold a hearing to decide on the rent amount to be paid into rent. The tenant must be prepared to pay rent into the court registry within the referenced time frame or at the hearing, or the tenant may be prevented from bringing any defenses to the eviction action.

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Vaughn Law offers its clients a different, more personalized and service orientated approach, by tailoring its representation to its client’s needs. At Vaughn Law, we understand that this may be an overwhelming, unfamiliar and stressful time for our clients, therefore we strive to help our clients understand the intricacies of the legal system and to keep them informed throughout the process.



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