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Old 07-01-2011, 12:39 PM
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Okay - here is the skinny . . .

I live in Florida and gave my landlord the 60 day notice in writing, verbal, and certified mail that I would not renew my lease. My lease ends on 07/31/2011 at noon.

All is good, then my LL decides to use a third party for rentals and ask if it is alright to show the property to Mgt. company for about 30 minutes (this was less than 48 hours notice and was sent at 1:00 p.m. via e-mail for a Wed. morning showing). I saw it is fine, but if at all possible can we move it to the following week as I am in the beginning stages of moving and have boxes and sort piles all over and the house has a couple of rooms that can not be accessed at this time due to my "sorting". Anyway, long story short, LL agrees and we move everything to this past Monday.

Yesterday at 4:45 p.m. I receive a call saying Landscapers will be at the property to clean off the roof and remove some of the overgrown vegitation at the front of the house. It is also mentioned that a couple of areas in the driveway will be patched. I say fine (keep in mind this is less than 24 hrs notice).

Today, I get a call asking if my husband can move his truck from the driveway entirely so the "concrete can be poured". I explain that my husband is the only one with keys to the truck and can not get back to the property until later this evening. Then it comes out that I need to move the truck and that they will pour the concrete and I WILL NOT HAVE USE OF THE DRIVE WAY FOR 3 TO 4 DAYS.

I explain this is unacceptable since I have property in the garage that I need to access with my moving tralier and that I will be moving property from the house and can not carry it all the way accross the yard to place the items in my tralier on the street. I asked if the driveway could be repaired after my move out date and I was told that the property can not be shown until this repair is done. I have lived at this property for nearly four years and now the driveway is an issue?

Then the LL informed me that the driveway would be repaired on Tuesday; again I explained this was a "cosmetic" issue and that it was unacceptable since I would need access to the driveway and my personal property until my lease is up.

What are my rights? I could understand if this was a major issue due to a watermain busting, but the reasoning is purely cosmetic. FYI this is a private home with a 2 car detached garage that has an attached screen porch walk area. If I do not have access to the garage, then I have to take my property out the side door of the garage, go through the screen porch, enter the house, to go out the front door of the house to the front of the street.

I also have a young child and do not like the idea of having to get her in and out of the car on a busy street because I can not access the driveway.
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Old 07-05-2011, 01:14 AM
Location: Near Nashville TN
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It's best to contact a local lawyer to find out what your rights as a renter are. I doubt there are any lawyers on this board.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:20 AM
Location: Ocala, FL
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Originally Posted by =^..^= View Post
It's best to contact a local lawyer to find out what your rights as a renter are. I doubt there are any lawyers on this board.

Agreed, that is the best advice anyone can offer on this forum.
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:18 AM
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This is known as tenant intimidation. They are trying to get you to move out early. They probably already have a renter who is asking for these changes.

I used to work for a real estate lawyer, so here is what I know. They can ask, but as long as you are in possession of the property and not in violation of the lease, they have no right to force you to do anything. Tell them very firmly "NO" and leave the truck where it is. Everything in real estate needs to be in writing, so write them a certified letter stating that you are still in possession of the property and do not want anyone doing anything to the property until you leave. You have that right, unless your lease says otherwise. If it doesn't, they can't touch you or the driveway. If they do, get an attorney.
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Old 07-16-2011, 07:41 AM
Location: North Florida
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Wow! All anyone can say is "lawyer, lawyer, lawyer"? What about meeting the landlord for coffee or drinks, having a pleasant conversation and coming to some kind of understanding? Sounds to me like this all comes down to frazzled nerves, miss-communications and misunderstandings. Rights? You are leaving and the landlord has a right to improve his property. Can't we all just get along?
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:27 AM
Location: Ocala, FL
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The reason to contact a lawyer is to prevent any misinformation and to avoid a future "oops". There is a good reason to contact a lawyer in this case to protect the tenant's rights. The laws are balanced toward the tenant's rights but the average person may not know their rights.
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