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Landlords Will Like This Change in Florida Law

By Howard C. Stross
September 22, 2020

A welcome change in Florida’s landlord tenant law became effective July 1, 2020. No longer is it required to have witnesses join in a Florida real estate lease for the lease agreement to be valid. This applies whether the lease is for commercial real estate or residential real estate. The new law removes the requirement under Florida Statutes, Section 689.01 that required a real estate lease agreement to have two witnesses present to observe the landlord signing the lease when the term of the lease was for more than one year.

For decades, Florida landlords have asked their lawyers if witnesses are necessary when a lease is signed. The chore of having a lease witnessed was time consuming and problematic. It was not unusual to add hours of delay to get a lease properly signed.

The new law will save landlords and tenants considerable time and expense because now a Florida lease of real estate needs just two parties signing it instead of up to six, i.e. six would include landlord, tenant, and two witnesses for each.

Commercial landlord and tenant law services from Stross Law Firm, P.A. assist landowners and tenants in reaching agreements or resolving disputes concerning commercial lease agreements, non-payment of rent, and other contracts involving commercial rental properties in Florida.

Contact our office for a complimentary 30 minute consultation to discuss your commercial lease or other business law needs. 

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