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Hollywood Attorney Handles Landlord-Tenant Issues for Clients

Reliable real estate lawyer represents Florida property owners and renters

Landlord-tenant controversies in Hollywood are governed by the lease and the laws of the State of Florida. So, it’s important to understand that even if another party has breached your contract by violating provisions of the lease, you are not free to take whatever actions you feel are appropriate. You must seek a remedy under the law. The Law Offices of James Jean-Francois, P.A. assists landlords and tenants in disputes over commercial and residential property throughout the Hollywood area. When you retain my services, you get the advantages of more than 15 years of experience in real estate litigation as well as my commitment to highly personalized and professional representation.

Common disputes between residential landlords and tenants in Hollywood

A residential lease lists the rights and responsibilities of the landlord and tenant. These provisions are enforceable as long as they do not violate Florida law or public policy. In my practice, I regularly encounter the following issues:

  • Failure to pay rent — These cases tend to fall into two categories. First, there is the tenant who refuses to pay rent because of a complaint against the landlord, such as failure to make repairs, failure to deal with unsafe conditions, failure to deal with rowdy neighbors, etc. The second is a tenant’s inability to pay the rent due to a sudden financial reversal. I work to get to the heart of the matter and resolve the underlying issue before proceeding toward a remedy that protects my client’s rights.
  • Failure to make repairs — Generally, the landlord has the responsibility to maintain the premises, but circumstances may arise when the burden of making a repair falls on the tenant.
  • Unapproved modification of the residence — There is often tension between tenants, who want to make a residence feel like their home, and landlords, who want to maintain the character of the premises. Leases are often vague about the rights of the parties in this regard.
  • Liability — If a third party suffers a slip and fall on the property, whose responsibility is it? The case often comes down to the nature of the hazard that caused the fall and whether the landlord or the tenant was negligent about discovering and fixing that dangerous condition.
  • Eviction — When landlords have grounds for eviction, they must follow the procedure laid out in state law. Landlords who violate tenant rights, even when those tenants have proven to be difficult, could find themselves in legal trouble. It’s always best to consult an experienced attorney rather than take the matter into your own hands.
  • Safety violations — Especially in multi-unit dwellings, issues like dark hallways and stairwells, broken locks and poorly functioning intercoms can put tenants at unreasonable risk.

For these and a host of other issues, you can trust me to work tirelessly toward a positive resolution.

Determined representation in commercial landlord-tenant cases

Commercial landlords and tenants face many of the same issues as parties to residential leases do. However, commercial leases tend to be much more complex, so there is greater room for misunderstandings and noncompliance. There is also much more money at stake. For this reason, you should only trust your case to an experienced real estate attorney who will personally manage every detail of your case. I will advocate for your interests and work to deliver the results you deserve.

Contact my Hollywood office to schedule a free landlord-tenant law consultation

The Law Offices of James Jean-Francois, P.A. provides individualized attention for landlords and tenants engaged in commercial and residential lease disputes throughout the Hollywood area. To schedule a free consultation, call me at 954-780-8505 or contact my office online. My Hollywood office is conveniently located at 6100 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 211, between Florida’s Turnpike and South State Road 7.

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  • Hollywood Office
    6100 Hollywood Boulevard
    Suite 211
    Hollywood, Florida 33024
    Phone: 954-987-8832
    Fax: 954-987-2622