Fla. lawmakers easing rules to evict tenants

May 02, 2013 03:00PM

Sen. Kelli Stargel

Florida lawmakers are making it easier to evict tenants in a bill now headed to Governor Rick Scott, the Associated Press reported.

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

The bill’s most vocal advocate is Republican Sen. Kelli Stargel, an investment property manager from Lakeland, Fla., who has evicted tenants from property she owns, the AP said, citing court records.

The bill, HB 77, would allow landlords to evict tenants who have paid partial rent if the balance is not quickly turned over, and if a person breaks rules twice in a year, including parking in the wrong place or having an unauthorized pet, according to the wire service.

The amended law would also give landlords the right to sue for both criminal and civil charges, according to a February Senate committee analysis. [AP]Emily Schmall