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Advice for renters of flooded property

Were you renting a home or apartment that was damaged during the recent flooding? Have you been evicted or asked to leave? Are you unsure if your landlord can do that?
Advice from a local attorney.

Many renters have found themselves without a home since the recent flooding and they aren't sure what their rights are. "It's not right" says Shane Mayfield, a renter. "I did not think they had the right to do that" says Randi Young Blood who also rents an apartment in our area.

Shane Mayfield and Randi Youngblood are like many renters who can no longer live in the homes they were renting. So what is a renter to do? "The first thing they need to do is get themselves educated" says Shari Thieman- Green, an attorney from Navarre.

Shari Thieman- Green handles landlord and tenant issues. Thieman- Green says the relationship between a property owner and a renter is ruled by a lease. If there is no lease, there are state statutes that must be followed. "The landlord has a duty to maintain the house. It has to be inhabitable or livable" says Thieman- Green. And sometimes those repairs can only be made, if no one is living in the apartment or home. At that time, the lease is no longer valid, which leaves people like Shane Mayfield and Randi Youngblood searching for somewhere else to live.

If you are a renter and you have any questions or concerns you should contact Legal Services of Northwest Florida at 701 S J St, Pensacola, FL 32502, (850) 432-2336