When can a Landlord enter an apartment to inspect for damages?
Prior to entering a rental property in the State of Florida to inspect for damages or make repairs or show a property to a prospective tenant or buyer, a Landlord is required to give the tenant reasonable notice. Reasonable notice for the purpose of repair as defined by Florida Statute 83.53(2) is notice given at least 12 hours prior to the entry. Reasonable time for the purpose of repair is between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. A tenant is not permitted to unreasonably withhold consent from the Landlord to enter the property from time to time to inspect the property, make necessary or agreed repairs, decorations, alterations, or improvements. Additionally, the Tenant cannot prevent a Landlord from showing the property to potential or actual purchasers, contractors, or potential tenants if the Landlord complies with the notice requirement.
If a tenant unreasonably withholds consent from the Landlord from inspecting the property or making necessary repairs in the property, the tenant will be in violation of Florida Statute 83.53. If the tenant is in violation of Florida Statute 83.53, the Landlord has the right to send the tenant a seven (7) day notice to cure. The tenant will be given seven (7) days to give the Landlord access to the unit upon the Landlord providing the tenant a time that they will be entering the property. If the tenant denies the Landlord access even after the are given a seven (7) day notice to cure, the Landlord has the right to commence eviction proceedings for non-compliance with the terms of the Lease and Florida Statutes without giving any further notices.
If you are a Florida Landlord that has a tenant that is restricting access to your property although they were given reasonable notice that you would be entering the property, contact your Eviction Lawyers of 954 Eviction Attorneys, PLLC today at 954.323.2529. We are available twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week and assist both Landlords and Tenants throughout the entire great State of Florida. We have offices in both Broward County and Palm Beach County in order to better serve our clients.