Evictions: Don't Forget To Put The Rent In The Registry
Updated: Dec 27, 2019
Many Florida tenants are caught off guard when they show up to court for their eviction hearing only to find out that their defenses have been waived. This often happens because in most circumstances, Florida law requires the tenant to post the total amount of rent currently due into the registry of the court. Failure to do this can result in you waiving all of your defenses.
If you believe the amount of rent alleged to be due by the landlord is incorrect, you can file a Motion to Determine Rents and the judge will hold a hearing and determine what the correct amount is and you will have to deposit this amount into the registry of the court.
You deposit funds into the registry of the court by going to the clerk's office, providing them with your case number and cash or certified funds in the required amount. There will also be clerk's fees charged, which also have to be paid with cash or certified funds, so it's probably a good idea to call the clerk's office before going over there to figure out the exact amount you will need to pay.
The Florida law requiring rents to be paid into the registry can be read here. If you have any questions about any of this, I would strongly advise you to consult with a competent tenant's rights attorney as soon as possible.
Consumer Litigation Attorney