Re: Here’s the statute - Posted by GaryB
Posted by GaryB on December 08, 2004 at 18:09:37:
Take a look at this closely:
The 2004 Florida Statutes
CIVIL PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE Chapter 83
LANDLORD AND TENANT View Entire Chapter
83.67 Prohibited practices.–
(1) A landlord of any dwelling unit governed by this part shall not cause, directly or indirectly, the termination or interruption of any utility service furnished the tenant, including, but not limited to, water, heat, light, electricity, gas, elevator, garbage collection, or refrigeration, whether or not the utility service is under the control of, or payment is made by, the landlord.
(2) A landlord of any dwelling unit governed by this part shall not prevent the tenant from gaining reasonable access to the dwelling unit by any means, including, but not limited to, changing the locks or using any bootlock or similar device.
Do not change the locks. Avoid going into the apartment unless there is an emrgency. Begin an eviction proceeding IMMEDIATELY. Get an order of eviction, and let the marshall/sheriff do the actual eviction (that is throwing stuff out).
It appears that they have abandoned the apartment, right? Wrong! Just wait until you go into the apartment and change the locks, then they begin to claim they had not abandoned the apartment, that they were just over at their grand son’s, and by the way that since you entered their apartment without notice to them, they are missing a $450K diamond necklace he bought for her in 1972 and so on and so forth. If care is not taken, now they are suing you for the missing $450K diamond which is worth more than your entire house.
So do everything LEGALLY. Start eviction immediately. Use a lawyer, and let the marshal/sherif do the actual eviction. Get a Court Order before you do anything.