My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: Florida.
We have some problem tenants who we have had no end of issues with since they moved in, having had to remind them repeatedly to mow the lawns at the front of the house - on one particular occasion they let it get totally out of control and got the Home Owners Association riled up. Through their emails, they've also admitted they haven't lived up to their obligations for pest control and the house is now having issues with bugs. I'm not sure about the technicalities, but I think we would have had cause to initiated eviction proceedings on either occasion, which we haven't done.
Cut a long story short, their lease is up at the end of the year, and we obviously have no interest in renewing it. These tenants are not going to go quietly into the sunset and will undoubtedly try and give us no end of grief until the day they leave, but we can live with that. What we're concerned about is that I'm sure they'll explore every avenue to try and force us to renew the lease and keep them on, because the bottom line is that they know the house is a good one and that they won't get the same kind of deal again. We've sunk a lot of money into this rental property, put in a ton of money to fix it up over and above what was simply required as a rental property, and basically wanted tenants in the house who would look after it and who we could obviously have a decent working relationship with, preferably long term. Clearly we made a mistake with this lot, want to start from scratch, and just get these tenants out as soon as the lease is up. As far as we understand Florida tenancy laws, the Fair Housing rules stipulate that we have to give every applicant fair consideration regardless of gender, race and so on - it doesn't mean they can stay on in perpetuity unless we have legal grounds not to renew the lease, right?