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Florida Standard Residential Lease Agreement

The Florida standard residential lease agreement is a contract between a landlord and tenant that authorizes the leasing of residential property for a fixed term. Standard residential leases are typically one (1) year agreements that can be renewed or extended if the parties so desire. In the agreement, the tenant is assigned responsibilities including their financial commitments and property maintenance obligations. Some landlords may require a security deposit or an advance rent payment prior to the initial date of occupancy.

Rental Laws Title 6, Ch. 83, Part 2 (Residential Tenancies)

Handbook (Guide) Landlord & Tenant Handbook

Contents

Security Deposits

Maximum (§ 83.49) – Not mentioned in state statutes.

Returning (§ 83.49(3)(a)) – Fifteen (15) days


When is Rent Due?

Unless stated otherwise in the rental agreement, the tenant must pay rent at the start of each rent payment period (§ 83.46(1)).


Disclosures (4)

1) Identification

At or before the start of the tenancy, the name and address of the landlord or person authorized to receive notices and demands on the landlord’s behalf must be provided to the tenant.

2) Lead-Based Paint Disclosure

The landlord must provide this disclosure if the dwelling was built before 1978.

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3) Radon

All tenants must be provided with a radon gas disclosure which includes specific language in the state statute.

4) Security Deposit

Landlords with more than five (5) individual dwelling units must give tenants written notice regarding their security deposit. The notice must include all information stated in Subsection (2) of Section 83.49 of the Florida statutes.