You are very welcome.
I understand what you mean here.We don't mind the mother there but what can we do to avoid any problem? Should we put her name on the lease?
While I cannot tell you what to do, I would say that in this situation, it is a good idea to add her name to the lease
(with her permission, of course, and her signature). Doing so binds her to the lease and she may be evicted as regular tenant if need be.
Furthermore, no special rules apply to someone who is elderly as opposed to the standard warranty
of habitability applicable to all tenants under FL law, §83.51, §83.54, §83.56:
The landlord must comply with all building, housing
, and health codes. Where there are no such codes, the landlord must maintain the roofs, windows, screens, doors, floors, steps, porches, exterior walls, foundations, and all other structural
components in good repair and capable of resisting normal forces and loads and the plumbing
in reasonable working condition. In addition, landlords of buildings of two units or more must make reasonable provisions for the following:
· Extermination of rats, roaches, mice, ants, wood destroying organisms, and bedbugs
· Locks and keys
· The clean and safe condition of common areas
· Garbage removal and receptacles
· Functioning facilities for heat in the winter, running water, and hot water
· Smoke detectors
Of course, state, local, and federal disability and access laws also may apply.
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