Can you evict someone even if they are a short-term or temporary tenant? The short answer is yes. In fact, if the eviction occurs before renters have leased long enough to gain full, long-term tenant rights, it may be a great deal easier than the litigation required otherwise. If you set out clear rules in a contract that are violated, you reserve the right to terminate the agreement.
Terms to Include in Your Rental Agreement
Though short-term rentals may seem more casual than long-term, it is important to not treat them as such when it comes to the law. You still must draw up a legally binding contract to protect yourself and your assets.
That said, what should go into a contract for short-term renting? A few terms you must clearly lay out include:
Length of stay (or frequency of renewal, any notice required, etc.)
Guest policies (and limitations)
House rules (trash, utilities, noise, etc.)
RIGHT TO TERMINATE IF RULES ARE VIOLATED (laying this out in your contract will save a lot of headaches if you reach a point of eviction)
Ultimately, the more you lay out in writing, the less room you have for surprises. Maintain clear language throughout the contract so the tenant undoubtedly understands the terms and you aren’t liable for confusion. If there is no proof of an agreement, no matter how logical, it will be incredibly difficult to defend your case in court should that circumstance arise.
Read Up on the Laws of Your State
While a lot of these concepts can be universally applied to an extent, it is vital to make sure you read up on the laws of your specific state.
When it comes to Florida, if a renter refuses to leave once served an eviction notice, they could be tried for a misdemeanor. When seeking a successful eviction, it is vital that you have a signed, written agreement to point to that shows the tenant is in violation of the lease. This is why, even with short-term renters, it is vital to have a detailed contract.