On this page we have compiled a list of common questiosn asked by tenants involved in disputes wit their landlords. For a complete list of statutes visit the Florida Residential Landlord Tenant Act.
Why would I pay an attorney to review my lease?
You need to understand your lease before you sign it and after you sign it.
You need to understand your lease before you sign it to know whether you want to do business with this particular landlord. Is the lease fair? Is it misleading? Many times, a tenant will decide whether to do business with particular landlord or property manager after understanding the terms of the lease. Also, you’ll want to review the terms of the lease before spending your money for an application fee or relinquishing any type of deposit to the landlord or property manager.
You need to understand your lease after you sign it to know how to conduct yourself and to determine how the landlord and/or property manager should be conducting itself. In the event of a dispute, this will impact how you communicate with the landlord, and what rights you actually have. Understanding your lease will reduce mistakes that you make in attempting to resolve disputes with the landlord and/or property manager.
How will I communicate my information to the attorney?
Tenant’s Clinic will send you a link to an interview. You will provide all of your information in the interview. Additionally, if applicable, you will upload a copy of your written lease that you have with the landlord here. If the attorney has questions after reviewing your interview answers and written lease agreement, if necessary, we, here, at Tenant’s Clinic will reach out to you for more information. If your matter goes to court, after you place any disputed monies in the court’s registry, you will, then, be placed in direct contact with the attorney to prepare for your representation and for the proceedings.
What do I get for the $250.00?
Tenant’s Clinic arranges for an attorney to provide you with a customized letter for you to send to your landlord, and an attorney will also send a letter to your landlord. All services that cost $250.00 include a review of the written lease agreement between you and your landlord, if any. When both letters are sent to the landlord and/or property manager, 95% of the time, the issue is resolved without further incident.
Additionally, if you work with Tenant’s Clinic early enough and if you purchase Tenant’s Clinic recommended products, if the landlord files a lawsuit against you, and if you put the disputed rent into the court’s registry when the lawsuit is filed, Tenant Clinic will find a lawyer to take your case on contingency—which means no further out of pocket money from you.
Why not just buy forms off of the internet? What makes Tenant’s Clinic different?
Tenant’s Clinic provides an attorney that assists in drafting a customized letter to fit your situation—and not a form. Therefore, your landlord will know you have an attorney working with you, and that this lawyer is preparing you to go to court, if it becomes necessary. Therefore, most landlords and property managers will work to resolve the dispute with you instead of risking going to court.