My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: Florida
Hi, I am a landlord, our tenants signed a 3 year lease of our home in Florida and are supposed to move in in a few days.
Before they signed the lease, we came to a verbal agreement that we would not replace the carpets (they have some permanent stains in a couple rooms) and in return, we would not charge a separate pet deposit for their 2 large dogs. The tenants agreed.
Today, they inspected the house and demanded that the carpets be replaced or they would break the lease. (We've had the carpets professionally cleaned, so they are in better shape than when they inspected them in June.)
We came to a verbal agreement in March for them to rent from us, and we signed the lease in June. So that is a lot of time that we could have had the house on the market to sell or rent.
What sort of recourse do we have if they do decide to break the lease? We have already collected a general deposit and they just mailed (supposedly) the first months rent a few days ago.