The party who the money is owed to must file the case. A parent or guardian may file on behalf of a minor. Only an attorney can file a case on someone else's behalf.
Chapter 83 of the Florida Statutes deals with rental property that is owned and rented to another party. If someone is living in your house and you no longer want them there, an eviction may not be the procedure to follow. You may need to contact an Attorney for assistance.
A minor must be represented as either a Plaintiff or Defendant by either his parent, legal guardian, or an attorney, unless the minor is married.
The statute states that you sue the owner and driver of the vehicle, not their insurance company. It would be the responsibility of the owner to bring in their insurance company.
Pretrial hearing is held only on Small Claims cases (under $5,000.00). The purpose of the pretrial is to briefly discuss the issues and determine if the case can be settled at that time, rescheduled for a trial at a later date, or referred to Mediation.
The Judge will refer a case to Mediation; a mediator will listen to both sides of the case to see if it can be resolved. If you were ordered by the Judge to go to Mediation, you MUST attend or further court actions may occur for not attending. If Mediation cannot resolve the case, it may be referred back to the Judge for final hearing.
The landlord and tenant have obligations set out in F.S. 83.51 and 83.52. If the rental agreement is to be terminated, the statutes also outline the procedures for terminating a rental agreement in F.S. 83.56.
After a judgment is signed and a writ of possession is issued and served on the tenant, the tenant has 24 hours to vacate unless the Judge stays the eviction proceedings. The sheriff will authorize the landlord to remove all personal belongings from the house after the 24 hours and give possession of the property back to the Landlord.
When a judgment is signed, copies of the judgment are mailed out to all parties in the case at the last known address in the court file. If you have moved and did not notify the court of your current address, you may not receive notification of the judgment. If you want to pay the judgment you are required to pay the full amount of the judgment plus interest at the legal rate from the date the judgment was signed. The amount would be paid to the Plaintiff or their attorney. If the Plaintiff or their attorney cannot be located, you can deposit the full amount into the Court Registry and the Clerk will prepare a Satisfaction of Judgment upon payment of the statutory clerk's fees.
The State of Florida Bureau of Financial Responsibility handles the revoking of drivers licenses resulting from a judgment. You can contact Financial Responsibility by calling 850-488-7135.
No. An eviction lawsuit must be filed before the Clerk can deposit money into the Court Registry.
To protect yourself from any further legal action, the landlord should file a formal eviction. When the sheriff serves the final paperwork (Writ of Possession) on the tenant, the landlord is then authorized to remove anything left in the apartment.
If you withhold the rent, the landlord will probably file an eviction to have you removed. When you are served with the summons, you will have five working days to file an answer with the Clerk and deposit all the rent that is due into the Court Registry. The court will then decide on your case.
If the eviction case is still active and you still live in the rental property, you must continue to place your rent in the Court Registry each time it becomes due.
Check with the Sheriff’s Office at 813 242-5200 for more information.
You can file a case in the County Court, if the car is valued less than $15,000, requesting the Judge to declare you the owner of the car. You would take a certified copy of the Order to the Tag Department to begin the process of issuing a Title. The Clerk's Office does not provide forms for this type of case. You may need to seek legal advice.
File your case with the best information that you have, and when the case comes to court, additional information may be presented at the hearing that may assist you.
If you know where they are employed, they may be served at the place of employment. You may also want to speak to a private process server. They may be able to locate the individual. You may also want to check with the property appraiser's office for addresses of property they may own.
Process Server is limited to summons and subpoenas. The Sheriff can serve most documents including Writs to remove persons from property.
Contact the attorney, if there is one in the case, and see if he/she will agree to the continuance. If not, you may file a request for continuance with the Clerk's Office for review by the judge.
No, unless you are certified process server or a deputy sheriff. If you are a party to the case, you cannot serve the papers.
F.S. 559.917 allows the owner or customer to have the vehicle released by depositing the amount of the bill into the Court Registry. The amount of the bill claimed by the repair shop must be brought to the County Civil Department in the form of cash, cashiers’ check or attorney trust account check. The department will prepare a certificate to have the vehicle released from the repair shop. There is a fee associated with preparing this paper work and it must be paid at the time the money is deposited with the Clerk for the release of vehicle. The disputed funds will be held in the Court Registry for 60 days. During that time the repair shop has the opportunity to file a lawsuit to recover the amount deposited. If a lawsuit is not filed in 60 days, the amount deposited into the Court Registry will be released to the person who made the deposit less the statutory registry fees.
F.S. 713.78 allows the owner or lien holder to have the vehicle released by depositing the amount of the bill into the Court Registry and filing a lawsuit to have the Court decide if the property was wrongfully taken or withheld from the owner or lien holder. The lawsuit may be filed in the County Civil Department if the value of the vehicle is less than $15,000. You must provide a final bill with the charges being claimed and present cash, cashier’s check, attorney trust account check or surety bond in the amount of the final bill for deposit into the Court Registry. A court registry fee, based on the amount of the deposit, is charged at the time of the deposit. After this is done, the clerk will prepare a Certificate of Bond Filed, which will authorize the owner or lien holder to pick up the property being held. There is a charge for preparing this paper work. The fee for filing the lawsuit is in addition to the fees listed above. Please refer to the Fee Schedule. This statute applies to any mobile item that is mounted on wheels and does not have to be motorized. The deposited money is held in the Registry of the Court until the case is ruled on by a judge and a court order directing the Clerk to release the money less the statutory fees is signed by the judge in the case.
F.S. 713.76 allows the owner, customer, or any person that has an interest in the property including an attorney to have the property released to them. To have the property released, you must come to the Clerk’s office and present a final bill and payment in the form of cash, cashiers check, attorney trust account check, or surety bond for deposit into the Court Registry. The payment must also include the statutory fee charged by the Clerk. The amount deposited is held in the Court Registry for one year and the repair shop has the opportunity to file a lawsuit to claim the money during that time. After one year, the person who placed the deposit into the Registry must complete an Application for Return of Bond Posted to Release Lien Against Personal Property to ask to have the deposit returned to them. A notice is sent to the Lienor/Repair shop giving them 15 days to respond to the request to release the amount on deposit with the Clerk. If no response is received, the Clerk will release the deposit less the statutory fee to the person who placed the funds into the Registry. F.S. 713.76 applies to any personal property that is not specifically mentioned in any other statute. It does not apply to Aircraft liens.
Yes. Mediation and Diversion Services provides a Community Mediation Service in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. This service may only be used prior to filing a case in a court. If you have previously filed a lawsuit, mediation may still be ordered by the Court and fees may be assessed. Community Mediation is located in Room 208 in the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse. You may call 813-272-5642 for further information.
Bay Area Legal Services provides legal services to residents of Hillsborough County that meet certain income guidelines and are unable to afford private legal counsel. For information you may call Bay Area Legal Services at 813-232-1343. Another source of assistance is the Legal Information Center. The Center can assist pro se litigants in the areas of family law, landlord/tenant and small claims. Assistance is not available for guardianship, probate, real property, foreclosures, criminal, traffic, civil claims over $5,000, appeals, bankruptcy, or Federal cases. Legal Information Center staff cannot complete forms for litigants, cannot represent them in court, or give legal advice. The Legal Information Center is located in the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse at 800 East Twiggs Street in room 203 on the second floor. Pro se litigants or prospective litigants can call 813-864-2280 for the Center's walk-in hours and information. The walk-in hours change each week and visitors to the Center are urged to call for the current operating hours. The Legal Information Center follows the guidelines established in Fla.Fam.L.R.P. 12.750 (Family Self-Help Programs).
Yes you can file a lawsuit. If the amount you are attempting to recover is less than $5,000, your case will be considered a Small Claims Case. These cases are handled differently than cases over $5,000 but less than $15,000. In a Small Claims case, the clerk can assist you in the filing of the case. Once the case is filed, a pre-trial hearing is scheduled within 50 days of filing. At the pre-trial hearing the Judge may hear your case and render a decision or the Judge may refer the case to Mediation to be resolved. To begin the filing process, the plaintiff (the party that is bringing the lawsuit) would need to complete paperwork with information and facts about the case. A summons directed to the defendant (the party that you feel owes you the money) is issued by the clerk. The complaint and summons is then served on the defendant either by Certified Mail, Sheriff or Process Server. Once service is complete the case can be heard at the Pre-trial hearing.
Yes. Chapter 83 of the Florida Statutes covers both residential and non-residential evictions. Depending on the situation and the type of agreements you have with the tenant, you will need to give a notice to the tenant that complies with statute regarding notice. When the notice has been given and the time period has expired, an eviction lawsuit can be filed to have the tenant vacate the rental property. The owner or landlord will need to complete paperwork and the clerk will issue a summons to be served on the tenant. The summons gives the tenant specific instructions on how to proceed with the lawsuit.