Florida 7 Day Notice To Vacate

Last Updated: April 2, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

Florida 7 Day Notice To Vacate is a letter that complies with state legal requirements to begin eviction against a tenant for damaging property or repeating a lease violation within a 12-month period. The tenant is not given an opportunity to take corrective action, and must move out within seven (7) calendar days of receiving notice.

When To Use a Florida 7 Day Notice To Vacate

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

  • Destruction, damage or misuse of property by intentional act
  • Unreasonable disturbance
  • Repeat or continuing lease violation within a 12-month period of a previous notice of noncompliance

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 Vacate

To help ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To 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
  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 Vacate

Florida landlords may deliver an initial Notice To 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.