how many tenants can live in one 3 bedroom dwelling in lehigh acres florida 33971 that is a rental property ?? where would i find this legal info ?

Asked by Gaz, Lehigh Acres, FL Tue Jun 14, 2011

i am a homeowner sick over our neighborhood activity - what can i do ??

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Larry Fuller, , Lehigh Acres, FL
Wed Jun 15, 2011
There is no prohibition against limiting the number of occupants provided the purpose is not to discriminate on a protected basis. Under the laws of Florida, and the United States, discrimination in housing on the basis of race, religion, or gender is strictly prohibited. Furthermore, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, landlords must not discriminate against renters on the basis of any physical disability. State and federal laws prohibit landlords from discriminating against families with children. Therefore, the number of occupants allowed in a unit may not be limited if the purpose is to discriminate against a family with children. Apart from this limitation, a landlord can generally establish the number of people he or she wants to rent to. The bottom line is who is listed in the rental agreement and it is up to the landlord to enforce rental agreement.
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Mark Washburn, Agent, Cape Coral, FL
Wed Jun 15, 2011
Contact Lee County Code Enforcement via e-mail: or phone: (239) 533-8895

Good luck!
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Sarah Garrett, Agent, Fort Myers, FL
Tue Jun 14, 2011
Hi there,
You can research the FL Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. It applies to only residential properties. The definition of a dwelling unit is a structure that is rented for use as a home, residence, or sleeping place by one person or by two or more persons who maintain a common household.
The landlord may be unaware of the additional tenants. The definition of tenant is any person entitled to occupy a dwelling unit under a rental agreement. Most lease agreements indentify who will be inhabiting the home. This is for their protection against subleasing. can help you do a database search for the property owner with just the address. A letter to the owner would not be out of line if you are suspecting illegal activity of any kind.
Good luck to you,

Sarah Garrett, Realtor
"Chose Best in Client Satisfaction 2006-2011" by Gulfshore Life Magazine
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Marc Comisar, Agent, Bonita Springs, FL
Tue Jun 14, 2011
Tough when you have no deed restrictions.....try Lee County.
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Danielle Sha…, Agent, Cape Coral, FL
Tue Jun 14, 2011
Call code enforcement or at the very least the county offices. They'll better be able to direct you to the proper department for Lehigh
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