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Ely, Counselor at Law
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I LIVED W A FRIEND THAT TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY AND WAS ONLY HOME MAYBE 6 TIMES IN 8 YEARS. I PAID THE UTILITIES NAD BASICALLY TOOK CARE OF THE HOUSE. nOW THE HOUSE HAS BEEN SOLD. The close is 01-06-17, this Friday and the real estate agent just called me telling me i have to be out Friday.
JA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: Florida
JA: Has any paperwork been filed?
Customer: nad I'm 61.. A senior citiizen
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I have not received anything in writing. Just a rude text telling me "You have until the 15th to get out. I just received a call from the realtor telling me the close is 010617 & I have to be out that day OK, I looked it up and the law says they have to give me a "Quit notice" of 90 days. The realtor said it was up to the bank...

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I am sorry to hear about this situation. Someone in your situation is a tenant at sufferance, meaning you live on the property at the discretion of the landlord but without paying rent (the fact that you have paid utilities does not affect this). See Florida Statutes 83.04.

There is no set days for notice to quit for a tenant at sufferance in FL, but standard is 60 days, not 90. If you provide me with the your source of 90 days, I can comment on this.

Someone in your situation may wish to write back a formal letter, demanding a WRITTEN NOTICE TO QUIT. Otherwise, the new owner cannot begin eviction prior to a formal notice being sent. This may buy you some time.

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Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Thank you. So, if I request a written notice to quit. It will at least but me another week? Do you think?

You are most welcome. Yes - requesting a formal notice to quit should buy one at least another week, or even more.

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