Fla. bill makes it easier to evict tenants

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida legislators are making it easier to evict tenants under a bill now heading to Gov. Rick Scott.

The Florida House voted 92-25 in favor of the bill on Thursday. The Florida Senate approved it last week.

The legislation was pushed by Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, who is an investment property manager. Court records show Stargel has been forced to evict people who rent property she owns.

Under the bill a tenant could pay partial rent and still be evicted within days if they fail to turn over the rest of the money.

The measure (HB 77) would also allow a landlord to evict a tenant if a person if breaks rules twice in one year. Those rules can include parking in the wrong spot or having an unauthorized pet.

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