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Florida is the happy home of so many native Floridians as well as the destination state of so many new residents. We have a variety of living options, including many rental properties that are well-maintained and comfortable. But what happens when your rental unit or the associated public spaces need important repairs and your landlord refuses to make them? You may need to take legal action. 

You pay rent to your landlord in exchange for a safe and healthy environment. You have a right to demand that from your landlord. Naturally, things can be damaged by the actions of the tenants, such as holes in the wall or clogged toilets from too much paper put in them. It’s reasonable in situations like this for the landlord to expect the tenant to be responsible for the costs of repairs. This is usually stipulated in the rental contract. But general repairs and safety issues and damage caused by another tenant that affects you are the responsibility of the landlord. He or she may not blame you for these issues nor put off repairs indefinitely. 

Types of issues

Florida Habitability Laws clearly delineate the responsibilities of landlords to provide safe, habitable living environments. The laws list what landlords are responsible for maintaining and repairing in their rental property. The laws also provide for tenant options when the landlord does not make repairs in a timely manner. 

The types of housing that are covered by the habitability laws are single-family and multi-family homes, as well as mobile home parks and condos (if a renter is occupying the unit). The habitability laws do not specifically address RV parks. Hotels/motels and fraternities/sororities/clubs are not included under the habitability laws. 

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