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Three Things to Know About Serving an Eviction in Florida

If you are a landlord who only has one or a few properties, you may not be familiar with the process of eviction in Florida. Evictions in Florida must follow a certain process, starting with notice given to the tenants. Here are three things you should know about serving eviction papers in Florida.

Initial Notice Isn’t Filed

The initial eviction notice that you give to a tenant doesn’t have to be filed with the courts or served by a private process server. The initial eviction notice will be for three days or seven days. The three-day notice is for nonpayment of rent, and the seven-day notice is for other violations of the lease. Both of these notices can be hand delivered to the tenant or posted on their door.

Filing for Eviction

If the tenant does not respond to the three-day or seven-day notice, you will need to file for eviction with the courts. This eviction notice must be served by a sheriff’s deputy or private process server and handed directly to the individual named on the lease. 

A Private Process Server Helps

Hiring a private process server can really help you manage your small properties. The private process server can act as your agent to serve the initial three-day or seven-day notice. This helps you establish evidence that the notice was indeed delivered to the tenant. A private process server is also more diligent than the sheriff’s department in serving court eviction papers.

If you have rental properties and need help with evictions, we can assist you. Contact us today for more information or to get started.