Florida Lease Agreements | Residential & Commercial

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A Florida lease agreement is a document written between a landlord and tenant for the renting of commercial or residential property. The agreement is written after the landlord has accepted a rental application by the tenant that details their personal information and gives their consent to run a credit report. Once a landlord accepts, the terms of a lease will be negotiated and written. At lease signing, the tenant will be obligated to pay the first (1st) month’s rent and any required security deposit.

Rental Application – Used by a landlord, or their agent, to verify the credentials of a tenant including their employment, credit, and any other additional details.

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Agreement Types (9)


Association of Realtors Agreement – Standard Residential agreement approved by the Florida Association of Realtors.

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BAR Association Lease Agreement – Produced by the Florida BAR for use by landlords.

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Commercial Lease Agreement – For a business-oriented use that may be for any type of retail, office, or industrial space.

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Condominium Lease Agreement – For any type of condo or cooperative unit for a period of a maximum of one (1) year.

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Month-to-Month Rental Agreement –  Short-term lease that can be terminated with fifteen (15) days’ notice.

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Rent-to-Own Lease Agreement – Standard form with the benefit of having an option to purchase the property.

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Roommate (Room Rental) Agreement – Between the tenants of a shared living situation.

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Standard Residential Agreement – The most common type of rental contract that allows the landlord and tenant to come to a binding arrangement for the property.

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Sublease Agreement – The act of renting space that is under lease from another tenant. The new tenant is known as the subtenant or sublessee and usually the landlord must consent to this type of tenancy.

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Required Disclosures (6)

Identification ( § 83.50(1)) – Owners must list themselves or an authorized agent that is allowed to access the premises in addition to receive notices.

Fire (§ 83.50(2)) – All buildings over three (3) stories high must be notified of any fire protection.

Lead-Based Paint Disclosure – Federal law requiring landlords to complete and provide to a tenant prior to occupancy.

Radon Disclosure (§ 404.056) – The following must be stated in every Florida lease agreement:

RADON GAS: Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that, when it has accumulated in a building in sufficient quantities, may present health risks to persons who are exposed to it over time. Levels of radon that exceed federal and state guidelines have been found in buildings in Florida. Additional information regarding radon and radon testing may be obtained from your county health department.

Security Deposit Disclosure (PDF, MS Word, ODT) – If a security deposit is made part of the lease agreement, the following text must be included in the lease agreement in CAPITAL LETTERS:

YOUR LEASE REQUIRES PAYMENT OF CERTAIN DEPOSITS. THE LANDLORD MAY TRANSFER ADVANCE RENTS TO THE LANDLORD’S ACCOUNT AS THEY ARE DUE AND WITHOUT NOTICE. WHEN YOU MOVE OUT, YOU MUST GIVE THE LANDLORD YOUR NEW ADDRESS SO THAT THE LANDLORD CAN SEND YOU NOTICES REGARDING YOUR DEPOSIT. THE LANDLORD MUST MAIL YOU NOTICE, WITHIN 30 DAYS AFTER YOU MOVE OUT, OF THE LANDLORD’S INTENT TO IMPOSE A CLAIM AGAINST THE DEPOSIT. IF YOU DO NOT REPLY TO THE LANDLORD STATING YOUR OBJECTION TO THE CLAIM WITHIN 15 DAYS AFTER RECEIPT OF THE LANDLORD’S NOTICE, THE LANDLORD WILL COLLECT THE CLAIM AND MUST MAIL YOU THE REMAINING DEPOSIT, IF ANY. IF THE LANDLORD FAILS TO TIMELY MAIL YOU NOTICE, THE LANDLORD MUST RETURN THE DEPOSIT BUT MAY LATER FILE A LAWSUIT AGAINST YOU FOR DAMAGES. IF YOU FAIL TO TIMELY OBJECT TO A CLAIM, THE LANDLORD MAY COLLECT FROM THE DEPOSIT, BUT YOU MAY LATER FILE A LAWSUIT CLAIMING A REFUND. YOU SHOULD ATTEMPT TO INFORMALLY RESOLVE ANY DISPUTE BEFORE FILING A LAWSUIT. GENERALLY, THE PARTY IN WHOSE FAVOR A JUDGMENT IS RENDERED WILL BE AWARDED COSTS AND ATTORNEY FEES PAYABLE BY THE LOSING PARTY. THIS DISCLOSURE IS BASIC. PLEASE REFER TO PART II OF CHAPTER 83, FLORIDA STATUTES, TO DETERMINE YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS.

Security Deposit Receipt (PDF, MS Word, ODT) (§ 83.49) – After a security deposit has been paid by the tenant, the landlord must notify them within thirty (30) days of where the money is being held and if it is an interest or non-interest bearing account.

Landlord’s Access

The landlord may access the property of the tenant by providing “reasonable notice” which is deemed to be at least 12 hours before entering. The landlord may only enter during “reasonable times” which is 7:30 a.m to 8:00 p.m.

The landlord may enter for any of the following circumstances:

  • Consent by the tenant;
  • In the event of an emergency;
  • When the tenant unreasonably withholds consent; or
  • The tenant is absent from the property for one-half the timeframe for periodic payments.

It is against Florida law for the tenant to abuse this right of access as a way to harass the tenant.

Security Deposit

Maximum – There is no limit on how much a landlord may request.

Returning (83.49(3)(a)) – If there are no deductions from the tenant’s deposit it must be given back within 15 days. It shall be thirty (30) days if there are subtractions from the amount.

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