Landlords need to be vigilant about inspecting properties to ensure unauthorized occupants are not present. Recently, we have seen an increase in unauthorized occupants boldly staying in residential properties where they have no legal right to be. Some stay even after the tenant that let them in has vacated. Being proactive as an owner or property manager in these situations will save time and money later on. If inspections are done regularly and signs of an unknown person are present; or if a neighbor tells you a person routinely keeps coming and going from the property; or if you notice cars regularly at the property and you don’t know who they belong to, steps need to be taken to follow up and confirm the situation. You cannot just ignore it and deal with it later. Later costs you time and money. If, by inaction, you allow the unauthorized person to live there, you could have to file a lawsuit that is unrelated to Chapter 83, Florida Statutes and you might or might not get the expedited procedure that evictions get.