How to: Evict A Person in Florida

Although we hope for the best, it may not work out that way. That’s why, EPGD has decided to provide a few steps on how to evict a person in Florida.

Step 1 – Determine whether there are grounds for evicting that person.

Step 2 – Send the person you want to evict a letter explaining the issue and stating your right to file an eviction complaint if they do not comply (i.e. ask for payment of lease).

Step 3 – Send a notice of eviction to the person you want to evict.

  • A person should always try to handle the issue without going directly to court. Therefore, before starting the eviction process, you should write the other person a letter explaining why you want them to leave the premises and demanding them to vacate within a specific period of time.

Please note, that the time frame will depend on the cause of the eviction (i.e. for a co- tenant that is on a month to month lease, you would give a 30 day notice to vacate; for non payment of rent, you would give a 3-day notice).

Step 4 – File an eviction packet with the county clerk’s office.

  • If the person did not leave the premises within the specific time frame you gave them, then you file a complete eviction packet, which contains your complete eviction complaint, five copies of the lease agreement, and the notice you provided to the other person.
  • Have the complaint notarized and file it at the clerk’s office, and pay the complaint filing fee (in most counties, it’s approximately $185).

Step 5 – Provide a service of summons to the tenant.

  • Include the eviction packet.
  • Service can be done by a private process server or by a county sheriff, who will then confirm in writing that the notice was delivered.
  • The person has 5 days to answer an eviction summons.
  • If the person fails to answer the summons, file a motion with the clerk seeking a default judgment.

Step 6 – Go to court on your hearing date

  • Make sure to take all notice receipts with you.
  • If the court sides with you, the court will order the sheriff to evict the tenant within 24 hours.
  • The sheriff will serve what is called a writ of possession, which you need to pay for, ordering the person to vacate the property.

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