What are my responsibilities of being a landlord of a Florida rental property?

The landlord and tenant must comply with what is written in the lease signed by both parties, but the landlord also must comply with the Florida Statute to maintain the premises.

Here is a synopsis of the statute.

  • The landlord must comply with the requirements of applicable building, housing and health codes.
  • The landlord must keep all roofs, windows, screens, doors, floors, steps, porches, exterior walls,foundations and all other structural components in good repair.
  • The landlord must make reasonable provisions for the extermination of rats, mice, roaches, ants, wood-destroying organisms and bedbugs unless otherwise stated in writing. The tenant is required to temporarily vacate for up to four days with a seven day written notice.
  • The landlord must install working smoke detectors unless otherwise state in writing.
  • The landlord is NOT responsible to the tenant for negligent or wrongful acts or omissions of the tenant, a member of the tenant's family, or other person on the premises with the tenant's consent.

Rent Me Florida does strongly suggest to all tenant's that they purchase renter's insurance as the landlord's home owner insurance does not cover the tenant's belongings.

To read this statute in it's entirety you can go to Florida Statute 83 >>