Florida 7 Day Notice to Vacate

Last Updated: September 2, 2022 by Marnie Snyder

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 fix the violation 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 or the landlord is terminating a month-to-month lease. This lease termination letter may also be used for tenants with no written lease that pays rent monthly or for tenants with an expired lease.

How to Write a Florida 7 Day Notice to Vacate

The Seven (7) Day Notice to Vacate form shall be completed as follows:

  1. Write all adult tenants’ names (do not include minors);
  2. Fill in the complete address of the rental premises;
  3. Specify the incurable breach or violation;
  4. Include the tenant’s balance due, if applicable;
  5. Enter the date the tenancy terminates;
  6. Include the date the notice is served;
  7. Landlord prints name and signs notice;
  8. 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:

  1. Handing the notice to the tenant in person;
  2. 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;
  3. 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.