Chances are if your case is in the courts, and you fill out an application to lease somewhere else, the landlord will run a backround check and find the eviction. You may have difficulty locating another apartment.
Good luck in 2011.
Your question comes at a very good time. Just last month my landlord and myself were evicted from an apartment [condo] in Miami Beach.
I've been a RealtorÂ® for a tad over 30 years and have NEVER until then really understood or better said- experienced the devastation that can happen when the eviction takes place.
It is correct- a tenant AND any and all others in possession.
The owner is a client of mine and we are trying to complete a short sale. I was indeed occupying the apartment with his permission until the short-sale was completed. Naturally, not only is there a mortgage delinquency- there is also an unpaid balance of condominium association dues (maintenance).
To my rude awakening- after 5 days exactly- in my absence from the condominium unit.... EVERYTHING was THROWN OUT or most likely STOLEN by the CAM ~ Management Company. The management company and attorney representing the association are owned and operated by the same person... Lisa Cicero, Attorney and owner operator of a company called SFCM ~ South Florida Condominium Management.
When I returned "HOME" late that evening... The landlords furniture was broken apart and thrown about the patio area of the building. My 2 computers were gone, my birth certificate, passport, eye glasses leather jackets, cash, personal items [ALL ITEMS OF VALUE] were GONE! Strangely, what did remain were old clothing, older shoes and things of little to no value.
There is no doubt in my mind that my things were stolen- more than likely by the "FIRST RESPONDERS" to the apartment.
My estimate is that I lost $15,000.00 that day and need now to rebuild and replace everything. I not only lost my home, but also my business records, computers loaded with confidential client information, etc.
Learn from my experience.. YOU may have NO POWER... Learn your rights and be prepared for the worst.
Don't let what happened to me --- happen to you.
Mott Kornicki, Broker
Below is the link to the Florida Statute Chapter 83 ~Landlord Tenant Act
If you're not able to pay your rent and fail to move out, eventually a Sheriff will escort you out and you may lose all of your belongings. The lanlord has strong rights in Florida and evictions happen very quickly.
Find another place to live asap...
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