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Only the owner, lessor, an attorney at law licensed to practice law in the State of Florida, or the “property manager” is authorized to complete, sign and file a Complaint for Eviction from residential real property on behalf of the owner or landlord, with a proper owner’s authorization form,  and a non-lawyer property manager may only do so in uncontested residential evictions grounded upon non-payment of rent. The Florida Bar RE: Advisory Opinion — Non-Preparation of and Representation of the Landlord in Uncontested Residential Evictions, 605 So. 2d 868 (Fla. 1993). However, a property manager may not bring an eviction action in his own name1   and a property manager may not file motions once the eviction becomes contested2.  The non-lawyer property manager may not even file a voluntary  dismissal  once  the case becomes contested.3

A non-lawyer property manager may not file an eviction for any cause other than non-payment of rent,  such as for lease violation.4

  1. THOMAS NGUYEN  vs. MICHAEL MCBRIDE, ASHLEY KRISTINIA MCBRIDE, SUSANNE MCBRIDE, JONATHAN JASON QUINONES. County Court, 9th Judicial Circuit in and for Orange County, Civil Division. Case No. 2012-CC-004508-O, May 1, 2012. Wilfredo Martinez, Judge.  19 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 664a.
  2. THOMAS NGUYEN  vs. MICHAEL MCBRIDE, ASHLEY KRISTINIA MCBRIDE, SUSANNE MCBRIDE, JONATHAN JASON QUINONES. County Court, 9th Judicial Circuit in and for Orange County, Civil Division. Case No. 2012-CC-004508-O, Division 72. May 1, 2012 19 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 663b
  3. DA’ ARK LLC vs. RIVERA,County Court, 9th Judicial Circuit in and for Orange County, Civil Division. Case No. 2012-CC-007040-O, Division 72. July 17, 2012. 19 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 1082a.
  4. THE GATHERINGS  v. VILLALONGA,  County Court, 9th Judicial Circuit in and for Orange County.  June 2, 2008.  15 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 999b
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