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Realtors seek to 'evict' this new fee



Realtors are aiming an e-mail blast at legislators over one of many fee increases proposed by the Senate to minimize cuts in the state court system. What has the real estate lobby steamed is a proposal in a fee bill (SB 1790) to raise the fee from $75 to $265 for the filing of a tenant eviction proceeding. "While Realtors and property managers understand the tough budget times Florida is facing, this increase is dramatic and not in line with the other fee increases proposed," the group's alert says. "Please write your legislators today and tell them to remove this drastic fee increase."

Senators defend the lengthy list of fee hikes, saying the fees have not been raised in many years and the higher fees are an accurate reflection of the true cost of each one. The fees are not in the House budget and the difference must be resolved by a budget conference committee.   

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:51am]


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