Commercial real estate law provides basic rights for tenants when it comes to eviction. Additionally, Florida statutes outline the specific procedures for evicting a commercial tenant — however, no eviction process is really ever easy.
That being said, here are some of the reasons a commercial tenant may be evicted in the Sunshine State:
Non-payment of rent
A landlord can evict a tenant for non-payment of rent. The non-payment can be voluntary, to protest the landlord’s breach of tenancy contract, or involuntary, such as when the business is making losses and thus unable to meet its financial obligations.
Staying beyond the lease period
A commercial tenant can be legally evicted if they have stayed beyond the end of the lease period. Such tenants are known as “holdover tenants.” Subject to the provision of the lease document, a landlord may demand that the holdover tenant pay double the rent for the period they have extended their stay.
Failure to comply with non-financial obligations
A tenant’s failure to comply with other obligations that are outlined in the lease agreement can amount to a breach of contract. For this reason, the landlord can invoke their right to evict the tenant.
Use of property for criminal activity
A landlord has the right to evict a commercial tenant who uses their rental property for activities that breach both state and federal laws.
The relationship between a landlord and a commercial tenant can be complex and technical. Reviewing the terms of your commercial lease can help you understand your obligations and safeguard your rights as a landlord when tenants become problematic.