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I was told that a lease is not valid longer than one year in FL, but cannot find any documentation to that

Asked by Judy, Florida Wed Apr 23, 2008

I was told that a lease is not valid longer than one year in FL, but cannot find any documentation to that end.

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Happy New Year!!

As a Realtor, all our leases for preprinted for 1 (one) year only, but can be renewed after the year. It gives the owners the opportunity to increase the price or not to continue with the tenant.

Connie Baker
RE/MAX 100 RIVERSIDE
772-878-7610
http://www.conniebaker.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 31, 2008
Judy,
Jessica is correct. I was a commercial and residential landlord for many years, and though 1-year leases are common, they don't have to be limited to 12 months. If a landlord does not want to sign a lease exceeding 1 year, perhaps a renewal option would work. If in doubt, please consult with a real estate attorney (realtors are not allowed to give legal advice).
Best of luck to you,
Tobias Kaiser, MS, CIPS
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 24, 2008
I prepare leases all the time and a lease for longer is valid. However, if you are an agent you can not be associated with a lease that is for greater than one year. Just for your knowledge, if it is less than 7 months than the landlord must pay sales tax on the rent. I hope this helps. I have a lawyer that I call on a regular basis for simple questions like this, if by chance you handle alot of real estate you may want to find one. My lawyer never charges me for simple questions like this. Please call or email me directly if I can be of any additional help. Good luck with your landlord/ tenant relationship.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 23, 2008
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