FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

 

How long does an eviction usually take?

It usually takes between 3-6 weeks depending if the eviction matter is contested by the Tenant. If the Tenant retains an attorney, files a response or motion to dismiss, then the matter is contested, and will add to the amount of time it takes to complete the eviction process.

How much does an Eviction cost?

County court filing fees in Palm Beach County are $185.00 to file the complaint for eviction, plus $10.00 for each Summons issued, and an additional $50.00 to serve each Tenant with the Complaint and Summons. See a chart of fees from the Palm Beach Clerk of Court’s website at:

http://www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/uploadedFiles/Fees_and_Costs/fee_schedule.pdf


Attorney’s charge around $1,000.00 and up for eviction legal services; please contact an attorney for the exact cost of their legal services in representing you in this matter.

What is the Difference between an Eviction and an Unlawful Detainer action?

An eviction action arises out of a Landlord/Tenant relationship whereas an Unlawful Detainer action does not have such Landlord/Tenant relationship. Unlawful Detainer actions do not have a lease, or other written or verbal agreement to pay rent. The parties to an Unlawful Detainer action are usually boyfriend and girlfriend, or a relative or guest that was invited to stay in the premises for a period of time but then refuses to leave the property after the Owner withdraws consent for that person to stay. The process to remove the Occupant in an Unlawful Detainer action is similar to that of the Eviction Process, costs the same as an eviction and is also subject to summary procedure.

What is an Ejectment action?

An action for Ejectment arises when there is no Landlord/Tenant relationship and the Occupant refuses to vacate the property because the Occupant is claiming an interest in the property either by paying property taxes, insurance, utility bills, or other property related expenses. Ejectment is not subject to summary procedure; therefore Ejectment actions take longer than an Eviction and Unlawful Detainer action to complete. Additionally, Ejectment actions are filed in Circuit Court whereas Evictions and Unlawful Detainer actions are filed in County Court. Ejectment actions cost more to due to the increase in time required to complete and the increase in court filing fees for Circuit Court actions. In Palm Beach County Ejectment actions cost $401.00 filing fee, $10.00 each summons, $50.00 for service on each Occupant.

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