Only a court order will require a landlord (LL) to allow access to a relative or friend. Florida law does permit the LL to give access without a court order to search for a will, and it is standard to allow access to obtain clothes for the viewing/burial. The LL does not have the obligation to prevent entry by someone to whom the tenant had given a key prior to death.
If the LL refuses entry, one would need to open a probate case by filing in the county where she last resided, and be named personal representative. This person will act as the legal representative of the estate, and can access the apartment. Most LLs will be satisfied with proof of relation. If there is concern that a third party may try to access the unit, a relative can call and request that only blood relations be allowed access.
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