• Housing Rights

  • FRLS helps Families Remain in their Homes

    We stop people from being unfairly evicted, protect renters with disabilities, combat unlawful fees, secure safe housing conditions, stop illegal lockouts and shutoffs, preserve public housing, defend mortgage foreclosures, terminations of tenancy, and more.

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    Get in Touch with FRLS Managing Attorney Zade Shamsi-Basha, Esq.

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    Eviction can feel like an overwhelming storm, but remember, you don't have to weather it alone. Whether you're a tenant or a landlord, understanding how to respond to and defend against eviction complaints is crucial. Here's your compass through the process:


    📜 Know Your Rights: Tenants and landlords both have rights and responsibilities under the law. Familiarize yourself with the relevant regulations in your area.


    📄 Review the Complaint: Take a close look at the eviction complaint. Understand the reasons for eviction and the timeline involved.


    🤝 Seek Legal Guidance: Don't hesitate to consult with a qualified attorney who specializes in landlord-tenant disputes. They can provide invaluable advice and help you build a strong defense.


    📢 Timely Response: Respond to the eviction complaint within the specified timeframe. Failing to do so can lead to a default judgment against you.


    💬 Negotiate if Possible: Consider mediation or settlement discussions to reach a mutually agreeable solution without going to court.


    🏛️ Prepare for Court: If negotiations fail, be prepared to defend your case in court. Gather evidence, witnesses, and a well-structured argument.


    👩‍⚖️ Advocate for Fairness: Remember, adherence to the legal process is crucial. Advocate for your rights and be respectful in court.


    Share this post to let others know that they're not alone in their eviction journey. Understanding the process is the first step towards a fair resolution.

  • FRLS held virtual Eviction Prevention Workshop

    Are you a tenant in the Sunshine State or considering renting a property in Florida? Understanding your rights under Florida Tenant Law is crucial, especially when it comes to eviction proceedings. 

  • Landlord-Tenant Law in Florida

  • Client Success Story: Pamela Taylor, of Palm Beach County

    Eviction Prevention

    Meet Pamela Taylor. She lives in Palm Beach County. Rent has skyrocketed. But she wasn't able to keep up. Faced with a looming eviction, Pamela turned to Florida Rural Legal Service for help at no cost.

    FRLS provides Emergency Rental Assistance for the following counties:

    Apply for legal help

    Call during the hours listed or apply online anytime

    General Public

    Apply by phone 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Call 1-888-582-3410


    Apply by phone 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Call 1-855-771-3077

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  • Client Stories

  • Important Note.

    On this page, you will find a summary of Florida's Landlord/Tenant Law. It is not intended for the purpose of providing legal advice. For additional information, refer to Chapter 83, Part II, Florida Statutes (F.S.).

  • Client Story

    “Michelle” (not her real name) had a problem with her rental home. Michelle was a senior citizen and the home she was renting had serious health and safety issues, but her landlord refused to fix the issues.


    When Michelle complained her landlord started harassing and intimidating Michelle. The stress was impacting her health and when her landlord filed a wrongful eviction against Michelle, she reached out to FRLS for help.

    A FRLS attorney represented Michelle and the wrongful eviction was dismissed. When the landlord later failed to make the repairs needed FRLS was able to obtain a return of her deposit and Michelle was able to move into safe housing.

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