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I think I have grounds for an unlawful detention. Florida

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I think I have grounds for an unlawful detention.
JA: What state is the property located in? And has anyone consulted a local attorney about this?
Customer: Florida and I am just now in the process of researching what to do.
JA: What are the terms of the lease? Any issues related to maintenance or upkeep?
Customer: There is no lease, it is my brother and his family
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: They live with me and have paid the utilities in the past but stopped when I asked that they move out next year. The living situation has become extremely hostile and I am getting concerned for my safety and my home/belongings
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Expert:  Expert James replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  Expert James replied 2 months ago.

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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
1. Do I have grounds for an Unlawful Detainer?
2. On Monday I asked them to move out by Friday. What should I do if they are not gone?
3. I know that I cannot turn off utilities, but do I still have to give them access to my washer, dryer, stove, fridge, and dishwasher?
Expert:  Expert James replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  Expert James replied 2 months ago.

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ANSWER: Technically, this is not really an unlawful detainer situation. This is a landlord-tenant situation, and you have to go under those rules to rid your home of the unwanted guests.

You first need to give them a written notice that they must vacate the property. If they do not vacate, then you can start an eviction case against them.

To start the eviction process, you must file a complaint for eviction with the court clerk. Submit the complaint to the clerk with a copy of the notice that you gave to the tenant. The tenant has five days to answer the complaint.

You have to serve them a summons to appear in court, which you get from the court clerk after you file the complaint and pay the required fee. It does not have to be you personally; the sheriff or a private process server can issue the summons. Once served, the tenant has five days to answer the summons.

If they answer the complaint within the 5 days, then schedule a hearing before a judge to plead your case for the eviction. If the tenant does not respond, file a Motion for Default and obtain a judgment to evict. A Writ of Possession is the form that gives you possession of the property. It must be enforced by the sheriff. You can obtain sole possession (i.e., have the Sheriff remove them) 24 hours after the sheriff posts the writ at the property.

In terms of what access you give them to the amenities inside, no, you do not have to give them access to those things you've mentioned.

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Expert:  Expert James replied 2 months ago.

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