Florida Open House Parties – Don’t Open Your Home to Civil Liability for Alcohol Related Consequences

Animal House was a great movie. It showed a bunch of college kids and adults for that matter getting drunk and wreaking havoc. In Florida, the homeowner and others may be held liable civilly and may be criminally prosecuted for injuries and events resulting from the service of alcohol to a minor.

Section 865.015 (2) Florida Statute states as follows:

No person having control of any residence shall allow an open house party to take place at said residence if any alcoholic beverage or drug is possessed or consumed at said residence by any minor where the person knows that an alcoholic beverage or drug is in the possession of or being consumed by a minor at said residence and where the person fails to take reasonable steps to prevent the possession or consumption of the alcoholic beverage or drug.

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