If you rent, who is responsible for hurricane shutters?

Hurricane Irma: Do you rent? You could be on your own for shutters

In the mad rush to cover windows and doors before Hurricane Irma strikes, some Florida renters find themselves in an awkward spot: What if the landlord won’t put up the shutters or plywood?

The short answer: Tenants are on their own.

Nothing in Florida law requires landlords to protect their home — or their tenants — in a hurricane, lawyers and experts say.

Sometimes a lease agreement will include a provision about who’s responsible for boarding up, but that’s not the norm, said attorney Jerron Kelley.

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