My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: Florida.
An outdoor advertising company has been leasing a piece of property for the purpose of having a highway billboard on that property. It is visible at an interstate interchange. The 20 year lease expires in four months, and there is no renewal provision in the lease so the tenant has no rights beyond the end of the lease according to the provisions of the lease.
If the billboard is still in place after the lease expires, what happens to it? Can the land owner take possession of it, or is he required to allow the former tenant access to the land to remove its sign after expiration? Given that the lease is silent, what obligation would the tenant have to restore the land to its original condition? If the billboard is removed, there will be huge gaping holes where the concrete pylings were.
Tenant has not approached the land owner to discuss renewal and landowner is not interested in renewing unless there is a dramatic increase in the rent, and thus the interest in what rights he may have in what is left on the property after expiration.