If the landlord prevails, the homeowner will be responsible for the rent as well as all other damages, which will almost certainly include attorneys’ fees. If the occupant prevails, the landlord will be responsible for legal fees. A property manager ought to be represented by counsel in this case. In the event that the landlord prevails, the county sheriff will serve a ‘Five-Day Notice to Vacate’ on the tenant’s door or entry into the business. The sheriff meets the landlord or property manager at the property on the sixth day. A receipt of possession of the property is then granted to the landlord or property manager. If the tenant is still present when the sheriff arrives, the sheriff will evict the tenant physically. To keep the occupant out, the landlord or property manager will employ a locksmith to change the locks.Do you want to learn more? Visit Pensacola Rental Property Management Company
There are state statutes that deal with this specific issue if the tenant leaves personal property behind. The landlord or property manager must send the tenant fifteen (15) days after the lockout period to claim any belongings from the property, or eighteen (18) days after mailing the “notice of belief of abandonment” to the tenant’s last known address if the tenant left before the lockout period. The notice must define the property in sufficient detail for the occupant to remember it, as well as the storage costs. Photographing and logging all of the tenants’ belongings would be a prudent practise for a landlord or property manager to avoid a later dispute.
It is illegal for a landlord or property manager to keep a tenant’s personal property as collateral for the payment of a court judgement.
If the tenant’s personal property is worth less than $750 or $1.00 per square foot, whichever is greater, the landlord or property manager can dispose of it after the fifteen-day waiting period is over. If the property is worth more, the owner or property manager must sell it at a public auction following a duly published notice, with the proceeds going to the county after expenses are deducted.