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Good morning. Was there ever an agreement for him to do these things in exchange for rent?
A motion for default/default judgment is filed when a party fails to respond to your complaint. If they have filed an answer or a responsive pleadings, then they would not be defaulted. There is a very specific process that needs to be followed when withholding rent and the Florida Statute below advises when this can even be done. Moreover, this is an issue about the value of his services and if they equate to the rent which he owes. He is claiming he did X work and that equals to Y but you are saying that it is not. You can file a response and look to strike his defenses if they are not properly plead but he may still be able to amend them, if needed. Now, if you no longer want to keep the work for rent agreement, then you would need to give him at least a 15 day notice advising of the same and if he refuses to pay the demanded rent, you can evict on that basis as well, since he would be holding over. 83.201 Notice to landlord of failure to maintain or repair, rendering premises wholly untenantable; right to withhold rent.—When the lease is silent on the procedure to be followed to effect repair or maintenance and the payment of rent relating thereto, yet affirmatively and expressly places the obligation for same upon the landlord, and the landlord has failed or refused to do so, rendering the leased premises wholly untenantable, the tenant may withhold rent after notice to the landlord. The tenant shall serve the landlord, in the manner prescribed by s. 83.20(3), with a written notice declaring the premises to be wholly untenantable, giving the landlord at least 20 days to make the specifically described repair or maintenance, and stating that the tenant will withhold the rent for the next rental period and thereafter until the repair or maintenance has been performed. The lease may provide for a longer period of time for repair or maintenance. Once the landlord has completed the repair or maintenance, the tenant shall pay the landlord the amounts of rent withheld. If the landlord does not complete the repair or maintenance in the allotted time, the parties may extend the time by written agreement or the tenant may abandon the premises, retain the amounts of rent withheld, terminate the lease, and avoid any liability for future rent or charges under the lease. This section is cumulative to other existing remedies, and this section does not prevent any tenant from exercising his or her other remedies.
It appeared as though there were different parts to your question so I attempted to narrow it down to clarify what you were asking about, so you could see what he was doing was not proper and to provide information about terms and the process.