Category Archives: Landlord-Tenant

What happens when a tenant’s business becomes illegal during the lease term?

When the tenant’s business is made illegal during the term of the lease, the tenant’s business is likely to disappear altogether, leading to a likely default. What that means for the landlord and tenant may come down to drafting. CONTINUE READING...

Can I Get a Money Judgment If I Can’t Locate the Defendant or If He Resides Out of State?

Once you have filed your complaint seeking damages for breach of a lease or guaranty, you are required to serve the party from which you are seeking relief. But what happens when you are having difficulty serving the breaching party because they are either intentionally avoiding service or they have moved out of state? CONTINUE READING...

The sky is falling…does the tenant still have to pay rent?

It’s a common commercial landlord-tenant showdown – a tenant accuses its landlord of failing to make repairs and threatens to withhold rent. But can a tenant legally do that? CONTINUE READING...

Fourth DCA opines on when a tenant can claim constructive eviction and a landlord’s damages after a tenant vacates

In the 2015 case of Griffin Industries, LLC v. Dixie Southland Corp., the Fourth District Court of Appeal addressed two issues that frequently arise in landlord-tenant litigation: (i) on what basis a tenant may claim constructive eviction; and (ii) a landlord’s damages after a tenant vacates the premises. CONTINUE READING...

Following a commercial eviction the landlord can accelerate rent

Typically, eviction of a commercial tenant does not terminate a lease under Florida law, or preclude the landlord from exercising its option to accelerate rent payments under the terms of the lease in the absence of any relevant modifying provisions in the lease agreement or evidence of landlord’s retaking possession for its own use. CONTINUE READING...