Florida Lease Agreement with ezSign
The Florida Lease Agreement is a legal document that establishes the terms under which a Tenant rents property from a Landlord. It’s easy to customize online and guaranteed to comply with state laws.
Document Last Modified: 8/26/2021
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What is a Lease Agreement?
A Lease Agreement sometimes referred to as a Rental Lease or Florida Rental Agreement, is a legal document that creates a contractual relationship between a Landlord and Tenant.
The Lease Agreement is essential any time you rent a property and serves to:
- Provide the framework for dealing with any disputes that arise between the Landlord & Tenant
- Outline all roles, responsibilities, rules, terms, and policies of the rental property
- Make it easy for the Landlord to deal with any problems that arise
- Protect the Landlord in the event of a bad rental outcome
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Why Do I Need a State-Specific Rental Agreement?
The Landlord-Tenant laws of each state vary, and your Rental Agreement MUST comply with the laws where your rental property is located. This can be tricky as each state has some unique requirements; however, we can’t overestimate the importance of having a state-specific residential Lease Agreement.
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Here’s how we GUARANTEE your Rental Agreement will comply with state laws:
- State Assist tips
- State-required terms and language
- State required Addenda and Disclosures
What Should Be Included in a Florida Lease Agreement?
A great Florida Lease Agreement should be comprehensive and include:
- Full names and contact info for Landlord and Tenant
- A description of the property
- The Lease period or tenancy period
- Monthly rent amount and rent due dates
- Security deposit information, including security deposit amount and policies
- Florida-specific terms and language
- State required disclosures
- Customized language for your rental, including issues like pets, guests, and subletting
- Addenda to create a complete Lease Package
- A cover page and table of contents
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Important Landlord-Tenant Laws
Florida has some of the most complex Landlord-Tenant Laws in the country. As you build your FL Lease, we’ll provide State Assist tips to make sure your Lease complies with all Florida statutes.
Plus, here’s an overview of some key Landlord-Tenant Laws:
Florida State Laws
Ending and Renewing
Fixed Term Leases: The days of written notice required (prior to termination) will be as specified within the Lease. No notice given, the Lease terminates at the end of the term.
Tenancy with specific duration: May contain a provision requiring the Tenant to notify the Landlord before vacating the premises at the end of the rental agreement; No more than 60 days notice required.
|There is no limit on the security deposit charged to the Tenant, so long as it is reasonable.|
Returned Payment Fee
|Maximum: $25 (for payments that do not exceed $50) $30 (for payments that do not exceed $300), or for returned payments over $300: either $40 or up to 5% of the face value of the returned payment.|
|Maximum: $25 or 5%|
|Landlords may require Tenants to obtain rental insurance. This does not absolve Landlords of liability in all instances such as negligence on the Landlord's part.|
Addenda & Disclosures
Built before 1978: Lead-Based Paint EPA Disclosure
Radon risk in Florida dwellings and buildings, and professionals providing radon services, is regulated by Florida Statute. (This is included in the body of ezLandlordforms Florida Lease Package.
Notice to Enter
|Landlords must give at least 12 hours notice before accessing the rental property. Between the hours of 7:30a-8:00p.|
|Landlords must disclose within the Lease their contact info or the Landlord's agent's name and address.|
Contact your local housing or zoning office to be sure your rental property complies with city and county requirements for inspections, rent control, occupancy limits, property codes, and zoning. Many cities and counties require inspections, registrations and have specific maintenance regulations.
More Pro Tips for Florida Landlords
Here are a few more ProTips to help make you a great Florida Landlord:
- Florida requires that the signing of all Leases over one year be witnessed; there must be two witnesses for each signature on the document.
- In Florida, the Landlord must give a Tenant 3 days to pay rent after the rent due date before filing for eviction.
- In any building with more than 3 stories, the Landlord must tell the Tenant of the option of fire protection.
- Within 30 days of receiving security deposits, Landlords must disclose in writing whether it will be held in an interest-bearing or non-interest bearing account, the name of the institution where it’s held, and details regarding interest payments.
- If a Landlord is not withholding a portion of the security deposit, it must be returned within fifteen (15) days of when Tenant leaves the unit or, if you’re withholding a portion, within thirty (30) days.
- Landlord’s Access - according to Florida statute, the Landlord may access the property by providing “reasonable notice” (12 hours) during the period of 7:30 a.m to 8:00 p.m.
- Pursuant to state statute 404.056(5), the following language must be included in either the Lease or other documents signed at the time of Leasing: RADON GAS: Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that, when it has accumulated in a building in sufficient quantities, may present health risks to persons who are exposed to it over time. Levels of radon that exceed federal and state guidelines have been found in buildings in Florida. Additional information regarding radon and radon testing may be obtained from your county health department.
City and County Ordinances
Whenever renting residential property, it’s important to contact your local housing or zoning office to make sure that you’re in compliance with all local ordinances and regulations.
Here are just a few examples of such ordinances:
- In Miami, real estate signs advertising a property for rent must comply with color, size, and location requirements.
- In Tampa, rental certificates are required for residential properties
- In Broward County, Landlords have to register with the county and pay a $75 fee before renting a property.
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Florida Articles in Our Resource Library
- Florida Residential Landlord-Tenant Law Changes Effective July 1, 2013
- Florida Landlord Gets Jail Time for Altered Lease Agreement
- Florida Landlord Tenant Laws and Regulations
Things to Consider Before You Hand Over Legal Possession of Your Florida Property
- Have all Tenants completed a Rental Application and Tenant Screening?
- Do you have a fully executed, Florida Lease Agreement?
- Have you received the entire security deposit and first month’s rent?
- Did the Tenant watch the Move in Video?
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