Florida 7 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

Last Updated: April 2, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

Florida 7 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate is a letter that complies with state legal requirements to begin eviction against a tenant for a “curable” lease violation (i.e., one which the tenant is allowed to fix through corrective action). The tenant must take appropriate corrective action, or else move out within seven (7) calendar days of receiving notice.

When To Use a Florida 7 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

A Florida 7 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate begins the eviction process for the following correctable tenant violations:

  • Failure to maintain the premises in a clean and sanitary manner
  • Unapproved pets kept at the premises
  • Unauthorized occupants residing at the premises
  • Other lease violations

Some types of Florida lease termination notice may allow different reasons for termination, or different notice periods. This may also apply to an eviction notice issued because of a lease or legal violation.

How To Write a Florida 7 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

To help ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To Comply or Vacate:

  1. Use the full name of the receiving parties, and address of record, if known
  2. Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
  3. Specify the basis upon which the tenancy will terminate, and the corrective action(s) necessary to prevent termination
  4. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
  5. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
  6. Print name and sign the notice
  7. Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery, along with printed name and signature

It is easy to lose an otherwise justified legal action because of improper notice. Check carefully to ensure enough time after notice is delivered, not when it’s sent.

How To Serve a Florida 7 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

Florida landlords may deliver an initial written Notice To Comply or Vacate by any of the following methods:

  1. Hand delivery to the other party
  2. If hand delivery fails: Leaving a copy of the notice at the property
  3. Delivery by mail

Mailed notice extends a notice period by five (5) calendar days, to account for variable delivery times.

In almost all cases, notice is legally served when it is received by the other party, NOT when it’s sent. Check specified date of termination carefully to ensure compliance with the legal requirements for a notice period.