I hope this newsletter finds you doing well. This week, I will focus on a disturbing new trend of Florida landlords inserting clauses in residential leases authorizing the landlord to increase the rent before the lease has even expired.
If you are about to sign a lease, whether it is a new lease or a renewal of your existing lease, read it carefully! If you do not understand certain terms, have a lawyer explain the terms for you.
Remember that failure to understand the terms of a legal contract like a lease is not a defense to the enforcement of the contract.
If your lease authorizes the landlord to increase your rent before the lease expires, ask your landlord if they will remove that provision. If your landlord refuses, ask if a clause can be added providing you with the right to vacate the premises without any further liability should the landlord elect to increase your rent during the lease term.
Our state’s affordable housing crisis was already bad enough without this happening. I hope the legislature will consider an amendment to Florida’s Residential Landlord and Tenant Act to make it illegal to increase rent before the expiration of a written lease.
For now, review that lease with a fine-tooth comb! Protect yourself and your family!
I hope this information has been helpful! Have a great Sunday!
Until next time,
Ryan C. Torrens, Esq.