Published: Jan 15, 2011 5:16 AM EST
Updated: Jan 15, 2011 1:44 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Four college students thought they found the perfect condo. But then they started receiving letters from the Homeowner's Association.

The letters were from the association's lawyer, saying they must pay rent directly to them. When the four asked the owner of the condo what to do, he said if they don't pay him directly, he'll evict them.

Now they don't know what to do.

We brought the problem to a local lawyer. It turns out there's a new law on the books that protects tenants from these kinds of fights.

According to the law, they have to pay the homeowner's association rent if there's money owed. They're also protected if the owner tries to kick them out.

Still, they're nervous about not paying the owner because they don't want to get deeper into the mess. But they say they have no choice but to follow the law.