Contact us for all your Landlord Tenant Matters: 561.716.3327 E: email@example.comThe Ostrega Law Firm, PLLC focuses a majority of its practice in the areas of commercial and residential Landlord Tenant law. Throughout the Sunshine State, we obtain results via our experience and personal attention to detail. Through an aggressive approach in litigating your landlord tenant matters we expedite your eviction from the “three-day” notice through “final judgment” and will remain with you through every stage of litigation, whether you are seeking an eviction action for possession or a multi-count lawsuit for money damages, attorneys fees and costs.
You will have the liberty to remain focused on your business knowing our relentless focus remains on resolving your Landlord / Tenant matter. The Ostrega Law Firm, PLLC remains competitive to keep your costs and fees to a minimum. We provide legal services for both Landlords and Tenants at various fee structures including: hourly and flat rate retainers. We look forward to meeting you and maintaining your relationship.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How long does an eviction take?
After years of experience working in the Florida court system we have ascertained how to expedite evictions. The Ostrega Law Firm, PLLC works overtime to move your case as quick as legally possible; eliminating unlawful attempts by tenants to delay the process. If a tenant fails to respond to an eviction complaint after the 5 day period allowed by law after service, The Ostrega Law Firm, PLLC jumps into action; filing a default and judgment packet with the court, along with an order instructing the sheriff to execute a writ of possession.
Why is the “3-Day Notice” so important?
A “3-Day Notice” may appear to be a simple document, however, a procedural or drafting error in the preparation of the notice can cause your case to be dismissed by the court. These simple mistakes are not only costly for a landlord, due to re-paying filing fees, but can subject a landlord to being held liable for a delinquent tenants attorneys’ fees and costs. Recent trends have shown that attorneys have targeted procedural errors in the “3-Day Notice” as the primary method of obtaining court dismissal of evictions. Attention to detail and knowing the law is key in drafting the “3-Day Notice.” Don’t let a simple mistake cost you money, and more importantly time. The Ostrega Law Firm, PLLC pays close attention to detail to avoid providing the tenant with unnecessary defenses that could delay or dismiss your eviction.
Does Florida have rules governing how landlords and tenants handle security deposits?
Yes. This is a common question we receive from both landlord and tenant clients. It is not only imperative that landlords follow the proper legal procedures, holding a security deposit in special bank accounts as defined by Florida Statute Chapter 83 and pursuant to a lease, but also important how the security deposit is redistributed back to the tenant at the end of the tenancy term. If a landlord fails to follow the law they may be liable for damages and attorneys’ fees and costs even if damages have been caused to the premises. Further, a landlord may lose their rightful claim to retain a security deposit.
Can you help me with an eviction if my property is in a different city than your office? What if I am out of state and cannot meet with you?
No problem! The Ostrega Law Firm, PLLC has helped clients from Japan to South America, California to New York and Miami to Boca Raton with their Florida evictions and damages actions. With the assistance of modern technology, we can communicate via online and telephone and review documents via E-mail, facsimile and mail. We also accept payment via Paypal, wire transfer or check.
Do I need a lawyer to file an eviction?
If you are an individual suing than you do not, however be wary. The party that prevails in an eviction is entitled to attorneys’ fees and costs so it is imperative that one who files an eviction is knowledgeable about this field so as not to unnecessarily subject oneself to financial loss. A law firm experienced with Landlord Tenant matters will help you expedite your eviction while avoiding unnecessary time and costs. Before hiring an attorney I would recommend you inquire potential counsel if they have handled eviction lawsuits and if so, how many in the past year. Your goal may be to move these suits as quickly as possible and you may feel frustrated to have counsel learning the ropes on your case.
Please note, if you are a business entity you will likely need the assistance of counsel. Pursuant to Florida law, corporations cannot litigate without the representation of an attorney. With years of experience in handling commercial and residential evictions, The Ostrega Law Firm, PLLC is here to assist you in your matter so that you can focus on running your business.
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