Florida Security Deposit Refunds
Trying to get a refund of your security deposit? Protect your rights by talking with a lawyer now, there is no obligation!
The reason a landlord requires a security deposit in Florida is to ensure that you, the tenant, live up to your end of deal by paying all the rent due and keeping the property in the same condition you found it. There is one strong exception of course, and that is normal wear and tear. Some bad landlords see your security deposit as a “bonus” to the rental income they are already receiving and refuse to refund your deposit. Florida Law requires landlords to take certain precautions to safeguard your deposit. However, in our experience we find that a few landlords fail to take these precautions.
Read our Articles where we regularly discuss security deposits and other landlord/tenant issues.
Get a $50 Security Deposit Evaluation
Whether you are wanting to send a demand letter to your landlord or file a court action to try to get the return of your security deposit, contact the Attorneys at Palmetto Law, PA by calling toll-free at 855-529-7256 to arrange a $50 15 minute evaluation of your security deposit claim.
Request an Evaluation Today
Florida Statute 83.49 outlines your security deposit rights and requires landlords to either return your deposit within 15 days of your scheduled move out or impose a claim on your deposit within 30 days. If the landlord is going to impose a claim they must do so using a form that contains substantially the following wording:
This is a notice of my intention to impose a claim for damages in the amount of _____ upon your security deposit, due to ________ . It is sent to you as required by s. 83.49(3), Florida Statutes. You are hereby notified that you must object in writing to this deduction from your security deposit within 15 days from the time you receive this notice or I will be authorized to deduct my claim from your security deposit. Your objection must be sent to (landlord’s address).
Many tenants think they are being petty by requesting their full security deposit to be refunded, while others feel too intimated to stand up against their landlord. Palmetto Law, PA has taken on cases for security deposit returns that are as little as $80. A security deposit is your money; no amount of money is too small or petty. Would you think poorly of the local hardware store owner who reported an $80 theft, of course not! It’s important for you to know that under Florida Statutes you have rights that protect you as a tenant from overreaching landlords.
Landlord tenant disputes often require quick action to avoid the loss of defenses or the right to recovery. As a consumer, it is important to know your options and rights before you lose them. We provide consultations our office location, over the phone, or via video conference.
Click here to contact a lawyer today to discuss your security deposit issues.