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Evictions can be costly, complicated, and dangerous, say Pasco officials

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PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Pasco County Sheriff's Deputy Pete Vavoulis enters a home in Holiday and announces his presence.

"Sheriff's Office!"

In the driveway is a rented moving truck. Inside the home is a family quickly packing their belongings.

"I'm going to give you another ten or fifteen minutes. Okay, within that ten or fifteen minutes get your personal belongings … whatever you think is most important to you at this time, get it out," said Deputy Vavoulis

The family offers a number of explanations as to why they can't leave.

Deputy Vavoulis has heard the excuses before.

"They were even given a 24 hour notice yesterday, which was posted at that point they even had that time to get out,” said Vavoulis.

The property owner says the family stopped paying rent more than two months ago.

Filing for the eviction cost the property owner more than four hundred dollars. The process can be more costly if an attorney is involved.

"At this point they have to go through a process and it's a procedure, it's not a one day thing. There's fees involved,” said Vavoulis.

It's a process that can become emotional for the people being evicted, and dangerous for law enforcement officers who are there to enforce the eviction notices.

"I've had ladies try to hit me, beat me up, tackle me, get in the house, have their dogs bite me. It gets pretty high, the tension gets pretty high when you tell somebody they have to get out of their home,” said Vavoulis.

Florida State Legislator Amanda Murphy says she would like to improve the process.

"The homeowners should be protected first,” Murphy said. “This is a property that you pay money on and too often they're not paying the homeowner anything. I've heard of a situation where they are stealing water and electric.”

Murphy says she is making it a legislative priority to redefine the state statute to help property owners in Florida.

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