What to do if my landlord was cited by the city for code violations and I have stopped paying rent?
Question Details: The landlord has been cited for electrical, kitchen, bathroom, windows, front door, etc code violations. I just paid him $4000 to move in and can not just pick up and move back out. The landlord now wants to evict me. I have only been here for 2 months. What do I do and how to proceed. The City comes back into the unit as of Monday and starts pressing charges against him.
When dealing with this sort of situation, you have to provide the landlord of notice of the problems with the property. Only after providing such notice can you begin withholding rent or terminate the lease. So, unless you have provided the appropriate notice, your landlord will have the upper hand against you and may be able to evict you. If you wiill want to challenge the eviction, you wiave to pay your rent into the court registry. Lookup Florida Statutes 83.51(1).