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by Garry (Iowa)
on March 2, 2018 @00:24
NO, you cannot move in until they are totally out. They are TENANTS, and have a legal right to be there, given to them by the state of Florida, and the previous owner. Now that you own the place, you need to read up on all the landlord/tenant laws of Florida, and follow them completely, to get possession. That's because you are now LANDLORDS, like it or not. If you have no where to live right now, that's your fault. You may have to stay in a hotel for a few months, until the Ts get out. Since it is going to cost you to live SOMEWHERE for the next 1-2 months, you may try to talk to "YOUR" tenants, and offer them "cash for keys"-----meaning you pay them, say $2-3,000 to be out by March 15. But you don't give them 1 cent, until you can go in and see that ALL their possessions are out, and you hand them "cash for the keys" on day 15. (by the way, if they were paying rent, they now owe you for March rent----you may be able to evict them if they don;t pay it to you)
That was 1 choice. Another is to wait til 4/8/18 to see if they have moved out. You actually need to get that date in writing from them, to make it a legal notice they are giving you, that they are moving. If they are still there on 4/9/18, you will have to go thru the courts to evict them.
What you should have done was, if you knew before closing on the sale, that a tenant was in place, you should have NOT closed, and forced the SELLER to get them out, at his expense, before closing.
Once you finally get moved into you new home, I hope you "live long, and prosper" as Mr Spock from Star Trek would say. Good Luck
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