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    Default Withheld Rent Due to Problems With Apartment, Notice of Eviction Served

    My question involves an eviction in the state of: Florida

    My roommate and I moved into a townhouse that had some mold issues in exchange for reduced rent.

    THe condition of the unit has deteriorated dramatically in the past couple of months and the landlord has refused to help.

    The mold has gotten worse. There's a hole in the roof that allows rain into the dining room and the ceiling in one of teh bedrooms has caved in during the last rain.

    She refuses to do anything so we withheld rent payment this month. We were served with a 3 day notice today.

    what are our rights?

    thanks!

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    Default Re: Withheld Rent Due to Problems With Apartment, Notice of Eviction Served

    Read this.
    Quote Quoting Florida Apartment Habitability
    Your defense that the landlord did not comply with his or her obligation to maintain the premises can be raised only if:
    1. You gave seven days notice in writing specifying the noncompliance.

    2. You stated that you intended not to pay rent for that reason.

    3. You were current on your rent before you sent such a notice.

    You must keep the rent money and be ready to either deposit it into the court’s registry (in case of eviction) or pay the landlord once repairs are made.
    Be careful not to waive this valuable right. Once you send the notice, do not pay any portion of your rent.

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