Cost of an Eviction in Florida

Cost of an Eviction in Florida

Last Updated: April 3, 2023 by Elizabeth Souza

The average cost of an eviction in Florida for all filing, court, and service fees is $351, but can vary by county. Eviction lawsuits are filed in the County Court where the dwelling unit is located. [ttip number=’1′ icon=’popover-balance’]

These filing, court, and service fees do not include outside costs such as legal fees or post-eviction fees (i.e., locksmith fees, storage and removal costs for a tenant’s abandoned property, cleaning service fees, or advertising costs for a vacant dwelling unit).

1. Initial Court Filing Fee

If the eviction notice expires in Florida and the tenant remains on the property without correcting the issue, the landlord may file an eviction lawsuit (“Action for Possession“) with the court the following business day.

The filing fee for an initial Action for Possession varies by county court. For example, in Miami-Dade County the filing fee is $185. 

2. Summons Service Fee

In Florida, once a Complaint is filed, the court will issue a Summons. The Summons is the tenant’s official notice of an eviction lawsuit and contains important information (i.e., when and where to appear in court). The landlord must arrange for a process server to deliver the Summons to the tenant.

The Summons service fee varies by process server. For example, a sheriff may charge $40 [ttip number=’2′ icon=’popover-balance’] for delivering a Summons; however, a registered private process server may charge more.

3. Writ of Possession Service Fee

If the court rules in favor of the landlord, the court shall issue a Writ of Possession. The writ is the tenant’s final notice to vacate the premises.

A sheriff must serve the Writ of Possession to the tenant and can charge a service fee of $40. [ttip number=’3′ icon=’popover-balance’]

4. Writ of Possession Execution Fee

If the tenant does not vacate the premises after 24 hours’ after the writ is served to the tenant in Florida, a sheriff can charge $50 [ttip number=’4′ icon=’popover-balance’] for executing the writ plus a “reasonable” hourly rate [ttip number=’5′ icon=’popover-balance’] set by the sheriff.

The hourly rate shall be charged if the sheriff is requested to stand by to keep the peace while the landlord changes the locks and removes the tenant’s personal property from the premises.

5. Notice of Appeal Fee

If either party chooses to file an Appeal in Florida, they may do so as long as the Notice of Appeal is filed within 30 calendar days after judgment is entered. If the eviction was originally filed in County Court, the Appeal will be transferred and heard in Circuit Court. The filing fee is $281.