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What You Need to Know About Serving Eviction Notices

If you are a landlord with only one or two properties and are new to the process, going through an eviction can be confusing. Every eviction starts with a notice of eviction to the tenant. If they do not comply, you have to follow up with filing with the courts and serving them with eviction papers. Here are the things you need to know to make sure you are operating within the law.

Eviction Notices

There are two types of eviction notices that you can submit in Florida. You can submit a 3-day eviction notice for failure to pay rent. You can also serve a 7-day eviction notice for failure to comply with the terms of the lease, such as having unauthorized persons or pets on premises. This initial eviction notice does not have to be filed with the courts, but it does need to be presented to the tenant.

You can serve the eviction notice to the tenant directly, leave it with another adult on the premises, or affix it to the door. The method of service must be noted. While you do not necessarily need a private process server for this initial eviction notice, it is a good idea to hire one. If the tenant tries to say later that they never received the notice, it is important to have a third-party certification that it was served.

Eviction Papers

If the tenant doesn’t comply with the eviction notice, you then have to file a complaint with the courts to try to get them removed from the property. These filed eviction papers also have to be served to the tenant. These papers must be served directly to the individual on the lease. A private process server in Sarasota can handle the service for you effectively. Proper service is required so the tenant has a chance to submit an answer for a court hearing.

If you are a landlord and need help with the eviction process, a professional and experienced process server in Sarasota can help. Contact us today for more information.

January Newsletter

Message from the Founder

To the Power of 10

Happy New Year!!!! 2019 marks an important year for us here at Accurate Serve. Accurate Serve was founded in Lakeland, FL in 2009.  So, this is our 10th year in business, proudly serving the legal community. Accurate Serve has grown from a one man operation serving 624 papers in Year 1 to over 35 offices in FL (and 1 in AL) and 54,342 papers served in 2018. Our team of Owners/Operators are dedicated to the profession. We truly understand the role we play in the legal process and the importance of getting individuals and businesses served quickly and accurately.

The more offices we add, the better we can serve you.  In 2019, we have big plans on expansion. Firstly, our S FL offices have branched down into the Keys and should be opening a Monroe office shortly. We have 3 markets left in FL that we hope to open soon once we find the right Owner/Operators: Accurate Serve of Gainesville, Accurate Serve of Lake City and Accurate Serve of Panama City. After that, our next goal is Accurate Serve of Charlotte, NC, Accurate Serve of Atlanta, GA and Accurate Serve of Washington DC.

While not every serve is as easy as 1-2-3, since we have served so many papers over the years, we know how to respond in every situation. You can put your trust in us to serve your papers quickly and accurately. You can put your trust in us to always work hard to get the job done. We look forward to the continued opportunity to earn your business and the trust you have placed with us for your service needs.

Warmest regards,
Beau Charlet

Franchisee Spotlight: Fort Myers

What a year 2018 was! Accurate Serve Fort Myers had its best year yet, serving a record number of jobs throughout the state & nation as well as creating new business relationships within our community and most importantly giving back to the community.
This month we want to remind you that we are not just here for your local services within the 20th circuit but we also specialize in Statewide, Nationwide and International Service. We have trusted servers throughout the nation who serve our documents to Florida Statutes, quickly and accurately. Using our office for nationwide service allows you to keep one contact for all of your serving needs and in doing so, you will be updated on all of our efforts as well as job completion. Just like serving within the state we will provide you with the return of service for e-filing once it is signed.
Our limitations of service do not stop at the national borders. Our office has served multiple individuals outside of the United States, both through the Hague Convention as well as through private process servers, so we can walk you through the steps and keep you informed on the process. When you have to serve someone internationally you can simply reach out to our office, or your local Accurate Serve Office, to provide us with the location of service and the document size so that we can give you an accurate quote. The location simply does not matter as we have successfully served multiple people throughout Canada, South America, Central America, Ireland, Germany, China, England and Japan. If we have to translate the documents to be served we can do that too, just get us the docs so we can get you a quote on translation! Do not let location of service stop you from contacting your local Accurate Serve office as we are always ready to help our clients complete a job no matter where the subject may be located.

One of the biggest accomplishments in 2018 for Owner Brandon Muscato was the amount of support that we received for the Hurricane Food Drive in which Accurate Serve teamed up with the Mid West Food Bank of SWFL. The drive started after Hurricane Florence devastated our neighbors in and around N.C. In a three week period our local clients in the 20th Circuit brought in more than $7500 of food and cleaning supplies to help those individuals. Our efforts were actually so persistent that when Hurricane Michael hit the Pan Handle we were able to reroute over $2k of those collected goods to people in need after Michael as well. Actions like this and being able to bring our community together to help others in need is what truly makes owning and operating a business worthwhile. Brandon will continue to be involved with the community through his Rotary Club, other non for profits and random acts of kindness. We are beyond thankful for the support we received in 2018 and look forward to what 2019 and the upcoming years have in store.

Need our help?
Call (239) 822-7299 or
Email [email protected]

Photos From Our Food Drive
Visit the Fort Myers Website

We added a new “Find Your AS Office” feature on our franchise website. It’s a fun little tool that allows new prospective clients to quickly find the correct Accurate Serve location to contact for their service needs. If you are a new client, or established, check out the button and play around with it, it’s really cool!

January Dates to Remember

1/1/15 Opened Kissimmee and Lake Mary offices
1/1/16 Opened Naples Office
1/1/16 Opened Plantation Office
1/1/17 Opened Ft. Walton Beach & Milton offices
1/1/17 Opened Palm Coast Office
1/1/17 Opened West Palm Beach Office
1/1/17 Opened Daytona Beach Office
1/1/17 Opened St. Petersburg
1/1/17 Opened New Port Richey Office
“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” – Brad Paisley
December 2018 Job Statistics

December 2018 Job Count – 4,259

Average Number of Days from Receiving Paper to Paper Being Served* – 4.7

*This includes jobs that may be on hold or waiting for new info.  There is no way to take those jobs out of the calculation.  So, if a job is placed on hold for 2 weeks, that’s 14 days on that job which factors in to this average. So, we’re even better than what the eyes see, LOL. Some papers get served same day, some next day and some take multiple attempts/addresses to effect service. All we do all day and every day is serve papers. We’re good at it and we love what we do. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to continue to serve your papers.


What Property Managers Should Know about Their Three Day Notice Leverage

As a landlord or property manager, you know that tenants don’t always live up to the terms of their lease agreements. Some fail to pay rent on time while others ignore pet or noise policies and hope they won’t get caught. Since you want to maintain tenants that are reliable and trustworthy, you have the power and ability to evict tenants who have broken their lease agreements and have not resolved the problem after a warning period.

Florida’s Three Day Rule

Laws vary by state, but Florida’s law is clear: landlords can utilize a three day notice method that provides tenants with three days to resolve the problem or move out. This is a legal and valid action that most landlords utilize to approach nonpayment of rent. If a tenant has not made a payment for past due rent, a landlord can have a three day notice delivered using the following wording: Continue reading

3 Reasons to Choose a Process Server Over a Sheriff

Your law firm or collection company has a legal obligation to properly notify defendants that they are involved in a court case, but this is often easier said than done. Without this service of process, a lawsuit risks being dismissed. Sheriffs and private process servers are the only professionals capable of serving process in a legally recognized way, but which is the better choice? Hiring a reliable and registered process server is the best decision for many reasons.

Faster Service

The sheriff’s office juggles numerous priorities and responsibilities in addition to the job of process server. This often causes legal papers to be delivered days or weeks late, and such delays can significantly interfere with lawsuits. Since process servers are strictly dedicated to service of process, your most important papers will be delivered with far more efficiency. Continue reading

Key Points about Serving Papers on Tribal Lands

Native Americans lived and thrived in North America long before European explorers discovered “The New World,” but nonetheless, their lives were forever changed as the 13 colonies were founded and American colonists competed for land and resources with long-established tribes. The 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries witnessed extreme conflicts between the emerging American population and the Native American tribes. Unfortunately, more often than not, most tribes eventually had no choice but to conform to the U.S government, concede their tribal lands, and live on strange reservations in near-poverty. Continue reading

The Makings of an Excellent Process Server

Process servers play an incredibly important yet often underappreciated job within our country’s legal system. It is a law in all fifty states that a defendant involved in any lawsuit receive proper notice of the impending case, and it is largely the responsibility of process servers to deliver such notices in a legally recognized manner. This means that process servers are very often the people who deliver bad, stressful, and unwanted news to countless Americans. Some recipients react with fear, others with desperation, and still some with violence and anger. This places process servers on the front lines of the law, face to face with people who often react in dangerous and unpredictable ways. Continue reading

Facebook CEO Serves Paper and Stirs Controversy

facebookFacebook has reached just about every corner of the earth, making Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s CEO, an extremely rich and famous man, to say the least. However, Zuckerberg recently became embroiled in something other than technology and social media endeavors.

Filing Hundreds of Lawsuits

It was right around Christmas that Zuckerberg shared photographs of his family’s $100 million, 700-acre property in Kauai, Hawaii, writing that he and his wife “fell in love with the community and the cloudy green mountains.” However, that kind depiction of his plan to join the Kauai community fell in sharp contrast with what Zuckerberg did just two days later. His lawyers filed lawsuits against hundreds of his new neighbors in Hawaii and all recipients were served papers regarding the “quiet title” suits. Continue reading

Make Your Life Easier by Using a Process Server

process serverUntil you need a process server, you may not realize what an important role they play within the legal system. Whether you are ready to serve divorce papers or collect on an unpaid debt from an old business partner, a process server can help make difficult situations a bit easier.

Basic Facts About Process Servers

A process server is a person legally certified to deliver court orders and court documents relating to a defendant’s presence in court. Aside from court-appointed officials like the sheriff, process servers are the only individuals who can serve defendants with the papers necessary to advance a court case or legal situation. Since a legal case cannot continue in court without proper delivery of papers, this first step of process of service is nothing short of vital to any court battle. Continue reading

Other States Look to New York as Role Model in Process Server Protection

44075850 - safety first concept with red key on computer keyboardProcess servers and other civil servants have entered the month of November with a bit of extra protection to their names. On November 1, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s bill to protect process servers from assault went into official effect. New York joined three other states, California, Florida, and Illinois, to take specific measures to protect vulnerable workers. Workers who clean public transportation states and utility workers are also included in the bill. Now an attack on any such person is not a misdemeanor, but a class D felony subject to up to seven years in prison. Continue reading

Is This the Youngest American to Be Served a Restraining Order?

restraining-orderRestraining orders aren’t uncommon among grown adults, even between divorced couples embroiled in bitter conflict, but they typically do not apply to young children. Until now.

A restraining order is a temporary court order that can be requested in order to protect an individual from contact with another person who is deemed dangerous. While most eight-year-old boys are playing outside or watching cartoons, Peyton Whitehead of Missouri is dealing with the fallout from being served a restraining order in his own classroom.

It was only the second day of school when a deputy served Peyton with a restraining order as he sat in class. The father who filed for the restraining order had grown increasingly concerned about Peyton’s behavior for his children and felt that a restraining order would be the only protective measure strong enough to keep his kids safe. Continue reading