Does a Florida Tenant have a Right to Withhold Rent after finding mold in their apartment? In the State of Florida, there are times when a Tenant is allowed to withhold rent from their Landlord. In particular, if a Tenant finds mold in their apartment, they are allowed to withhold rent but they must follow the proper Florida Statute in taking this action. Florida Statute allows you to withhold rent only when you notify your Landlord by giving them a 7 day letter. A Landlord must make the necessary repairs in removing the mold within 7 days. If they fail to do so, you have the right to withhold or terminate the Lease.
Our office has found that many tenants are not aware of this right. They simply withhold rent because they find mold in their apartment. This will not hold up in a Court of Law even though have to endure these hazardous conditions. If your Landlord files an Eviction Complaint against you and you do not provide your Landlord the proper 7 day letter, your defense that mold is in your apartment will likely fail. Our office highly recommends that if you discover mold in your apartment, you contact 954 Eviction Attorneys so we can explain to you the best course of action in defending your rights. It is important to note that the 7 day letter must be sent to your Landlord 7 days prior to the next rental pay period.
If you are a tenant in the State of Florida that has discovered mold in their apartment, and need assistance with a 7 day letter, contact 954 Eviction Attorneys, PLLC today. We will help ensure that your Landlord is held responsible for removing the mold by following the proper procedure under Florida Statute. We are available seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. Call us today at (954) 323-2529 or come visit us at our Coral Springs FL or our Lantana FL office locations.