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Reasons landlords may evict commercial tenants in Florida

Commercial property owners in Florida may evict their business tenants for defaulting on rent or abandoning the premises. They may also evict commercial tenants for violating the terms and conditions in their lease agreements.

According to the Florida Legislature’s website, tenants must pay rent on the due date as specified in their rental contracts. When neglecting to pay on time, landlords must send tenants a written notice or post it where a tenant could easily find it. The notice serves as a request for a tenant to make a rent payment or vacate the premises.

Accepting a commercial tenant’s late payment

The landlord’s notice must state a deadline of at least three days for tenants to pay the entire unpaid balance and continue their lease. By accepting a tenant’s late rent payment, the Sunshine State’s laws recognize that the landlord has waived the right to begin the eviction process.

If a tenant previously sent the property owner a written notice of an expected absence, a landlord may not immediately evict a tenant. A verbal or written agreement may provide a tenant’s return date and a postponed payment arrangement. When the rental space appears abandoned, however, a property owner may file a legal action to recover the premises.

Violating lease conditions may result in eviction

Commercial lease agreements offer landlords and tenants flexibility because they may negotiate the terms and conditions before signing. Business News Daily reports that parties could discuss maintenance, subleasing and renovations. Leases may also contain a permitted use clause, which specifies business activities the landlord allows on the premises.

A breach of a commercial lease’s terms may compel a landlord to file a legal action to recover the property. Florida’s statutes, however, require landlords to provide a tenant with an opportunity to “cure” or repair the breach before an eviction action begins.

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