A rental agreement is an agreement to rent property (commonly referred to as a lease). Rental agreements may be either written or oral.
Most rental agreements are written because oral agreements can be subject to misunderstandings and are difficult to prove if there’s a dispute. A written rental agreement can be a formal contract or simply a copy of a letter stating the rights and obligations of both the landlord and tenant.
Florida law requires that notices to and from a landlord must be in writing and must be either hand-delivered or mailed, even if the rental agreement is oral. You should always retain a copy of any correspondence to and from your landlord.
Information on the Monroe County State Attorney’s Office website is for informational purposes only.
It should not be used as or be construed as legal advice. Contact an attorney if you have a legal issue.