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Navigating Eviction Notices in Florida: Comprehensive Guide

On Behalf of | May 1, 2023 | Firm News

Evictions can be a complex and emotionally charged process for both landlords and tenants. Understanding the legal framework surrounding eviction notices is crucial to ensuring a fair and lawful resolution. So, whether you are a landlord seeking to regain possession of your property or a tenant facing eviction, this guide will provide you with the information you need to navigate the eviction process in Florida.

  • Types of Eviction Notices in Florida:

In Florida, eviction notices are typically categorized into three types: the three-day notice, the seven-day notice, and the 15-day notice. Let’s take a closer look at each of these notices:

a) Three-Day Notice: This notice is commonly used for non-payment of rent or lease violations. It gives the tenant three days to either pay the outstanding rent or rectify the violation, failing which the landlord can proceed with the eviction process.

b) Seven-Day Notice: The seven-day notice is usually issued for lease violations that are not related to non-payment of rent. It allows the tenant seven days to address the violation before the landlord can initiate eviction proceedings.

c) 15-Day Notice: The 15-day notice is typically used for month-to-month leases where the landlord seeks to terminate the tenancy without cause. It provides the tenant with a 15-day period to vacate the premises.

  • Serving an Eviction Notice:

To ensure the validity of an eviction notice, it must be properly served to the tenant. In Florida, the notice can be served in the following ways:

a) Hand Delivery: The landlord or their representative can personally deliver the notice to the tenant.

b) Posting and Mailing: If the tenant cannot be personally served, the notice can be posted on the premises and mailed to the tenant’s last known address.

c) Certified Mail: The notice can also be sent via certified mail with a return receipt requested.

  • Tenant’s Rights and Legal Defenses:

Tenants in Florida have certain rights and legal defenses when facing eviction. It’s important to be aware of these rights, as they can help protect you during the eviction process. Some common defenses include:

a) Failure to Provide Notice: If the landlord fails to provide the appropriate eviction notice or fails to serve it properly, the tenant may have a valid defense against the eviction.

b) Retaliation: If the landlord is evicting the tenant in retaliation for exercising their legal rights, such as reporting housing code violations, it may be considered unlawful.

c) Uninhabitable Conditions: Tenants have the right to live in a habitable dwelling. If the landlord fails to maintain the property in a safe and livable condition, the tenant may be able to use this as a defense against eviction.

  • Seeking Legal Assistance:

Navigating the eviction process can be overwhelming, and it’s advisable to seek legal assistance to protect your rights and interests. At Corey Szalai Law, PLLC, our experienced team of attorneys is well-versed in landlord-tenant law and can provide guidance and representation throughout the eviction process.


Understanding eviction notices is crucial for both landlords and tenants in Florida. By knowing the different types of notices, proper serving procedures, and tenants’ rights, you can approach the eviction process with confidence. Remember, seeking legal advice from professionals, such as the attorneys at Corey Szalai Law, PLLC, can help you navigate the complexities of eviction law and ensure a fair resolution.

Disclaimer: The information provided in the blog post is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as legal advice. Laws and regulations can vary, and it is important to consult with a qualified attorney or legal professional for advice tailored to your specific situation