Can you be evicted for violating the terms of a lease if the lease does not actually state what constitues a violation?

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Can you be evicted for violating the terms of a lease if the lease does not actually state what constitues a violation?

I asked the landlord over 4 months ago if he would be willing to replace the broken chain link fence on the patio with wood panels for privacy and added that it would be great if he could but, if not, I had no problem hiring someone to do so. He said he was fine with doing and at no time did he say no one else could do it. The problem now is that I have repeatedly asked when is the fence going to be done and I either get excuses or no response so I recently paid another party to install it. All the sudden I was never allowed to hire anyone but he never said that and he says he told me before.

Asked on May 8, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Florida

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Is it a written lease that you have or a verbal agreement?  Generally, you can not do work that would alter the rental dwelling with out the consent of the landlord.  And although he may have said those words, consent will generally mean in writing.  So I would try and smooth things over.  Good luck.


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