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can your landlord threaten you when hes drunk cause your 9 days late of rent even though i been here

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If you have a written lease, there is usually a definition of a late payment, which may be 5 days, 7 days, 10 days, etc.  There is usually a  penalty specified in dollars for paying late.  If you don't have a written lease, then I would make my landlord happy by paying on time.  Someday you may want to buy a home; and, most lenders count a long term lease as similar to  paying mortgage payments.  But, the lender will ask your landlord if you paid your rent on time.
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December 09 2012
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No, there is no "grandfathered in".      Late is late in the eyes of the landlord/tenant laws. A landlord is allowed to ask for rent and alert you to the legal implications of not paying on time.    If you didn't hear until 9 days had passed, the landlord may have already given you the benefit of the doubt in response to your long tenancy.

When did you intend to pay the rent?


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December 09 2012
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Piling on...

I guess the question is what is meant by "threaten"?

"Threaten" with legal actions (i.e., late fees, possible eviction, etc.) is legal.

"Threaten" with illegal actions (i.e., bodily harm, confiscation of personal property, etc.) is not legal.

23 years (assuming those 23 years were "good years") legally means nothing. On a personal level, if I were the landlord I would take that into consideration - but I would also be concerned about the possibility that something has changed and you are going to have problems making payments.

Bottom line...

-- There are both "legal" and "illegal" actions which can be perceived to be threatening. You indicated you felt threatened, but not the nature of the threat.
-- How long you've been renting could be considered by the landlord, but there is nothing requiring them to do so.
-- Your landlord is renting to generate income. If something has changed and you are now having trouble making the payments, nothing requires the landlord to accomodate your inability to pay.
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December 09 2012
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It sounds like there are two subjects here:

1.  You are 9 days late with your rent.   This is most likely outside the terms of your lease and what is allowed by state law.  (Here's a link to the florida landlord/tenant laws).  Therefore, the landlord is within his rights to start the eviction process.   (It doesn't  matter how long you've lived there, you still have to pay rent.)

2.  "Threatening when drunk" is certainly outside what a landlord can do but you didn't describe the behavior so I can't comment on what is threatening.   A landlord can tell you that your failure to pay rent is going to result in serving notice about eviction.    Hearing that phrase can feel threatening even though the landlord is allowed to do so by law.  
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December 09 2012
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no he didnt threaten like that,hey you you need to get caught in rent or else im only 9 days late been here 23 trs is there such a thing grandfathered in
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December 09 2012
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I don't know what he said, but a landlord is a person first. The phrase sticks and stones comes to mind. Whatever he said when drunk unless he crossed the line to assault or to another illegal act would be legal in most cases. If you feel that he crossed a legal line, you can make a complaint with your local police agency.
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