A Florida 7 Day Notice to Vacate is an official eviction letter written by the landlord and served to tenant for damaging property or repeating a lease violation within a 12 month period. There is no option to cure and the tenant must move out within seven (7) calendar days.
When to Use a Florida 7 Day Notice to Vacate
Use a 7 Day Notice to Vacate to begin the eviction process in Florida:
- If the tenant is involved in the destruction, damage or misuse of property by intentional act.
- If the tenant committed an unreasonable disturbance.
- If the tenant committed a repeat lease violation of subsequent or continuing noncompliance within a 12-month period.
If the above is not true, use one of the below forms to evict a tenant:
- 3 Day Notice to Quit – If the tenant is late on rent (starting the day after it’s due), either in part or in full.
- 7 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate – If the tenant failed to maintain the premises in a clean and sanitary manner, violated rules with too many occupants at the premises, unauthorized pets or any other violations of the lease or rules/regulations.
- 15 Day Notice to Vacate – If the tenant has no written lease and pays rent monthly or to end a month-to-month tenancy.
How to Write a Florida 7 Day Notice to Vacate
The Seven (7) Day Notice to Vacate form shall be completed as follows:
- Write all adult tenants’ names (do not include minors);
- Fill in the complete address of the rental premises;
- Specify the incurable breach or violation;
- Include the tenant’s balance due, if applicable;
- Enter the date the tenancy terminates;
- Include the date the notice is served;
- Landlord prints and signs notice;
- Landlord includes address and phone number.
How to Serve a Florida 7 Day Notice to Vacate
A landlord can deliver notices in Florida using any of the below acceptable methods:
- Handing the notice to the tenant in person;
- Handing the notice to a person of suitable age at the property AND mailing the notice by certified or registered mail with a return receipt;
- Posting the notice in a conspicuous place at the premises, such as the entry door, AND mailing the notice by certified or registered mail with a return receipt.
When sending the notice by certified or registered mail, add five (5) additional calendar days to the notice period to account for variability in post office delivery times.