As we try and protect ourselves each day from the deadly virus and adhere to the CDC guidelines in exercising social distancing, safer at home living, donning facial masks, and sanitizing hands many landlords are faced with the anxiety and reality of non paying tenants during this trying time in our nation.
The Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office in Tampa, Florida has instituted the Reducing Impaired Driving Recidivism Program (RIDR) for a first time DUI offenders. If you have been arrested for DUI you may be eligible for RIDR however a first time DUI arrest is NOT an automatic entrance into the program.
I get this question often and just this week I was in court for on a Claim for Damages. There are two ways in which a landlord can recover against the tenant for damages. If the landlord is holding a security deposit then they may send the tenant a Notice of Claim to the Security Deposit and/or File a Damages Claim against the tenant.
A few years ago both the Thirteenth Circuit (Hillsborough County) and the Sixth Circuit (Pinellas and Pasco Counties) set up what is generically called Veterans Courts. These Courts were set up to assist Military Veterans and active duty personnel who had found themselves arrested for the first time. In the Thirteenth Circuit, the programs official name is the Hillsborough County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) Program and in the Sixth Circuit the programs official name is the Sixth Judicial Circuit Veterans Treatment Court (VTC). These Courts are unique in that not only are the Courts, the States Attorney Office and the Public Defenders Offices involved but so is the local VA facilities.