How long does an unlawful detainer take in Florida? The minimum amount of time for your unlawful detainer case to be resolved is approximately 4 weeks and likely will take longer. For that rare timeframe to occur, everything must be in the plaintiff’s favor and the court must act swiftly. Routinely, how long does it take for an unlawful detainer in Florida, is a question of the process itself as explained below. We can estimate 5-8 weeks at as a starting estimate. Below we consider a few different scenarios to help determine the timing of an unlawful detainer lawsuit in Florida. When you need an experienced unlawful detainer attorney on your side, call Jacobs Law Firm immediately at 407-335-8113. We litigate unlawful detainer cases in Orange County, Seminole County, Osceola County, Lake County, Polk County, Marion County, and elsewhere in Central Florida. Unlawful detainer may fall under the category of real estate and landlord tenant law, but it is not an eviction.
How Long Does It Take For An Unlawful Detainer In Florida?
How long does it take for an unlawful detainer in Florida? The unlawful detainer process starts when you have a guest or unwanted person(s) living in your house or apartment. That person refuses to leave and is creating an environment that is against your best interests. Perhaps you have called law enforcement and they have refused to remove that person without a court order. Your next step is to call your unlawful detainer attorney for help.
How long does an unlawful detainer take in Florida? Suppose we have concluded our consultation, examined the facts of your case, and your unlawful detainer case appears to have good facts with which to litigate. It takes (generally) 3-5 business days for your paperwork to be drafted and approved. Once your lawsuit is filed, the court may take 1-5 days to process your documents, and it can take days for your summons to be issued. Then comes the service of process, which can be tricky when unlawful detainer is the issue under litigation. Once served, which can take days or weeks (this may include your certificate of mailing), the defendant has five working days to respond or else they may face a default.
Once your unlawful detainer defendant has been served, if they do not respond, there still remains a rather sophisticated process for default to take hold. Should the defendant respond, then a hearing must be scheduled for the matter to be heard. Eventually, these cases may take up to 8 weeks or more depending on the court’s availability for a hearing and the court’s speed with issuing its decision. Call 407-335-8113 today to speak with Attorney Jonathan Jacobs about the process.