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22. No Holdover Permitted If Tenant does not have a written

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22. No Holdover Permitted
If Tenant does not have a written renewal,extension or continuation of the Lease from the Landlord then Tenant must surrender and vacate the Property by the expiration date,termination, or early termination of the Lease as no holdover of Tenant's occupancy beyond the expiration date,termination or early termination of the Lease shall be allowed.
I am the Landlord,this clause is in my proposed commercial farming lease for crops on a 5 acre lot that has no structures. The lot is in Miami,Florida. I have not presented this Lease to any farmers yet. Is this clause compliant with Florida Statutes?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.


Thank you for the information and your question. It would comply with the nonresidential landlord tenant law, however, it is important to note that you would still have to go through the legal process of removal of the tenant if they do not go voluntarily. The good news though is that under this Act, you, as the landlord can double their rent after the rental period ends if they refuse to surrender possession.

This is the provision about no holdover tenancy:

83.04 Holding over after term, tenancy at sufferance, etc.—When any tenancy created by an instrument in writing, the term of which is limited, has expired and the tenant holds over in the possession of said premises without renewing the lease by some further instrument in writing then such holding over shall be construed to be a tenancy at sufferance. The mere payment or acceptance of rent shall not be construed to be a renewal of the term, but if the holding over be continued with the written consent of the lessor then the tenancy shall become a tenancy at will under the provisions of this law.

This is the double rent provision:

83.06 Right to demand double rent upon refusal to deliver possession.—

(1) When any tenant refuses to give up possession of the premises at the end of the tenant’s lease, the landlord, the landlord’s agent, attorney, or legal representatives, may demand of such tenant double the monthly rent, and may recover the same at the expiration of every month, or in the same proportion for a longer or shorter time by distress, in the manner pointed out hereinafter.

(2) All contracts for rent, verbal or in writing, shall bear interest from the time the rent becomes due, any law, usage or custom to the contrary notwithstanding.

You can see the entire Act by going to the following link:

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Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.

Hello again,

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