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Florida Statutes Section 83.201 provides that if the rental unit becomes uninhabitable "the tenant may withhold rent after notice to the landlord." The tenant must provide a written notice giving the landlord at least 20 days to make the repairs and "stating that the tenant will withhold the rent for the next rental period and thereafter until the repair or maintenance has been performed." Once the landlord has made the repairs, the tenant must pay the amount of rent that was withheld. If the landlord fails to make the repairs within the 20 day period, you may either agree to extend the time for the repairs or abandon the rental unit, keep the withheld rent, terminate the lease and "avoid any liability for future rent or charges under the lease."
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