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  • Steve Navarrete

WHEN DOES A HOUSEGUEST LEGALLY BECOME A CO-RESIDENT?


In Florida, a person my be substitute served by leaving the copies of the process (Summons/Subpoena) at his or her usual place of abode (home) with any person residing therein who is 15 years of age or older and informing the person of the contents. For a long time people have evaded service with "houseguest" but this is now coming to an end. We FINALLY have a case detailing how long a "house guest" can be at a residence before they can be considered a co-resident! in Magazine v. Bedoya, 475 So. 2d 1035 (Fla. 3d DCA 1985), the Court ruled that a six-week stay at the defendants residence is long enough that he/she maybe regarded as a person residing therein and they can be substitute served with process for a co-resident/defendant.

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