A: The following info is general educational information for this kind of situation. To obtain reliable legal advice, schedule a consultation with lawyer. Under Fla. law, when a tenant is on a year's lease, and the tenant decides to stay on with the landlord's consent but without a new written lease the tenant automatically becomes a month-to-month tenant. Of course, you're not a prisoner; you can notify the landlord that you are vacating. However, termination of a month-to-month tenancy by the tenant requires at least 15 days written notice to the landlord prior to the date that the next rent payment is due.
Therefore, if, by Sept. 30th, you did not advise the landlord
that you will vacate by Oct. 15th, the landlord might have figured you are staying on until at least one month past the expiration date of the lease (that is, at least until Nov. 15th). If you wish to vacate by the end of the lease term instead of staying on at least one more month, it would probably be a good idea to immediately talk to the landlord about it. The landlord might say it's not a problem. If you reach an agreement, get it in writing!
Regarding renew/don't renew communications, read your lease - it likely has a clause stating that any communications about things like that must be in writing. If that's the case, verbal statements simply don't count. But let's say, hypothetically, it DID count. "Not renew" means not renew THE LEASE. If you stay on as a month-to-month tenant, that's not a lease renewal. You change hats from a lease tenant to a month-to-month tenant who can vacate at any time upon at least 15 days notice to landlord prior to the next rent due date.
Not sure what you have in mind regarding your question, "Can I take legal action?" An action seeking what? Were you damaged as a result of the landlord's actions? In any event, to be certain of your rights and remedies, you must schedule a consultation with a lawyer handling landlord-tenant matters. ... Read More
A: You indicated that the insurance company assured you everything is covered, and the dental office advised you they are working on it - meaning they are working on it to confirm the coverage? And meaning that in the next day or two, they may call you and tell you the coverage is fine and to come on in to complete the treatment? If that's the case, start by following up with them to get an update. This situation is more likely to be caused by incompetence than some kind of deception; the dental office is likely far more interested in getting money from the insurance company than from you. If the problem remains, consult your local Legal Aid or Legal Services office that helps low-income
persons. ... Read More
A: You have the right to make a claim for money damages against the perpetrator for actual monetary losses and for pain and suffering damages. If you have monetary losses directly caused by the crime, first speak to the prosecutor (Asst. State Attorney) because he/she may be able to seek restitution (monetary compensation) as part of the criminal case. For pain and suffering, as well as any monetary losses the prosecutor won't handle, consult an attorney handling personal injury or general civil litigation.
Beware that a common problem in this kind of situation is collectibility. If you prevail in civil court, the court doesn't hand you $$, it hands you a piece of paper called a
final judgment that says the defendant must pay you the $$. That can be problematic if the defendant is in prison or for a number of other reasons. An attorney can help you evaluate that issue, as well as the other aspects of your potential claim.
Another potential source of compensation, which may or may not apply to your situation, is the Fla. Victim Compensation Program. That program might provide compensation where a crime causes physical injury or psychiatric/psychological injury, necessitating treatment. ... Read More