TENANTS HAVE RIGHTS
Just as tenants have responsibilities under Florida law and through lease agreements - including paying rent, keeping the unit clean and in working order, and not disturbing the peace - landlords have certain requirements and restrictions as well, such as providing a clean and safe property by maintaining the major systems and the building structure.
KNOW THE LAW
Broward County Consumer Protection
ALL RESIDENTIAL RENTALS MUST BE FIT FOR HABITATION
A rental unit must generally include plumbing and heating that is compliant with all applicable codes, be reasonably free from pests and have fully-functioning and locking doors and windows, among other requirements. Structures in Broward County must also meet all applicable building, housing, and health codes. If there is an issue with your unit for which you are not responsible for in your lease, contact your landlord as set forth in your lease. If your landlord does not address the issue within a reasonable timeframe, you may be able to report it. Certain issues, such as lack of operable sanitary facilities or water or leaking roofs, can be reported to your Municipal Building Code Enforcement Department or call 311. Locate your municipality code enforcement office by address search or clickable map.
DISCRIMINATION AND RETALIATION ARE ILLEGAL
A landlord may not raise your rent or threaten to evict you because you reported a health or safety violation or filed a fair housing complaint. A landlord cannot treat you differently because of your race, nationality, disability, religion, or sexual orientation, or because you pay your rent with Section 8 vouchers or any other governmental assistance, among other criteria. If you feel you have been discriminated or retaliated against, you can contact the Broward County Professional Standards/Human Rights Section at 954-357-6500 or the Broward County Consumer Protection at 954-765-4400.
Broward Legal Aid
Broward County Human Rights Section
HOPE Fair Housing
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHALLENGE AN EVICTION AND OTHER UNLAWFUL ACTION
A lease does not prevent you from challenging an eviction. If the landlord is violating the lease agreement, you can always seek relief through the courts. If you cannot afford an attorney, you can contact Legal Aid Service of Broward County at 954-765-8950 to see if you are eligible for free legal assistance.
Broward Sheriff's Office / Civil Division
If you face eviction and/or homelessness, financial assistance may be available. There are many local organizations that can help. Contact Broward County Family Success Center at 954-357-5001.
Broward County Family Success