How to legally evict a tenant from your apartment in Tampa

If you are a landlord in Tampa, there are more than good chances that you have had to evict one of them for various reasons. People think that they can only do it by applying force, but are afraid to do so because of the fact that they would be breaking the law if they would do that. So, how to evict a tenant from your apartment in Tampa? Well, thankfully, we know how, and if you finish reading this article you will be pretty informed about that too.

Because Tampa is located in the State of Florida, if falls under the Florida Statutes, and in those statuses there is a Chapter 83, which clearly states how to evict a tenant from your apartment. There are several strategies that you can enforce if the tenant is not paying the rent, if he is causing various problems, if he is being unsanitary, or if there is an unauthorized occupant in the apartment that you own.

First of all, you need to go to the tenant and deliver a notice to him. This notice should read that he has three days to pay his rent, or if he does not comply with that, he can vacate the apartment. Some tenants comply with this, while other still continuo to cause problems to landlords. If that happens, you should continue with the step number two.


Step number two includes several processes that you should finish. First of all, you should write a complaint regarding that particular tenant. Then, you should go to a clerk of courts and file for eviction. The clerk will provide you with the case number, and the complaint should include your contact data. Also, you should write the tenant’s data, as well as his contact data too.

There, you should write down that you are trying to remove a tenant from your Tampa apartment, and make sure you write down that you are the owner of that property. Then add that the tenant has said that he would pay the rent, but has failed to do so. After that, write down the date on which you have delivered a notice to the tenant in which you told him to either pay the rent or to vacate the apartment. Then ask the judge to get the tenant out from your property. Then, you just have to pay some fees to the court.

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Next, you should be in contact with the clerk’s office and see if the tenant has answered the summons, and they usually have five days to do so. If he does answer and pay the rent, you must schedule a meeting in the court of law. If a tenant does not answer the summons, file a motion in which you will seek a default judgment.

Then, all you have to do is waiting for the court to act. It the court agrees that you are right, the tenant will be evicted by the sheriff’s office in the following 24 hours.