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Landlord Responsibilities

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 stated 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 people on the premises with the tenant’s consent.

The Rent Me Florida lease requires all tenants to purchase renter’s insurance as the landlord’s homeowner’s insurance does not cover the tenant’s belongings.

To read this statute in its entirety you can go to Florida Statute 83 >>

Vacation Property Owners —

Property Owners are responsible for payment of all sales taxes due on properties leased for 6
months or less. Please go to MyFlorida.com and click on the Florida Department of Revenue
tab or call 800-352-3671 or write; Florida Department of Revenue, 5050 West Tennessee
Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0100 for more details concerning rental property sales tax.