Security Deposit Disputes
Resolve Your Dispute with Our Fort Walton Beach Property Management Attorneys
In most circumstances, a tenant is required to provide a security deposit before moving into a rental property. A landlord can legally use this money to cover any back rent, property damage, or cleaning fees should the tenant violate their lease or rental agreement. Understandably, many security deposit disputes are complicated by multifaceted legal nuances and “he said, she said” arguments. In fact, security deposit disputes are one of the most common landlord-tenant issues resolved in small claims courts.
Florida Statutes section 83.49 governs how tenants and landlords can legally settle a security deposit dispute. At The Virga Law Firm, P.A., our Fort Walton Beach property management lawyers represent both tenants and landlords in security deposit disputes and objections. We can guide you through each step of this complicated legal process, thereby ensuring that your actions and legal decisions adhere to the guidelines established by the Florida Statutes.
Contact our Fort Walton Beach property management attorneys at (800) 822-5170 if you have any questions or concerns.
Your Case & Florida Statutes Section 83.49
It’s not unusual for both tenants and landlords to make unproven claims when it comes to security deposits. For example, some unscrupulous landlords pocket the money while claiming that its being used for repairs. Likewise, dishonest tenants may take legal action against a landlord just to reclaim the deposit money. Regardless, before standing before a judge, it’s important to have a clear understanding of any state laws regarding security deposit refunds.
A landlord can use a tenant’s deposit to cover the following matters:
- Unpaid rent
- Property damage
- Unpaid utility charges
- Cleaning the premises (unless a tenant paid a separate cleaning fee)
- Payment for any financial lease or rental agreement obligations
In Florida, landlords have 15-60 days to itemize and return a deposit. Of course, the landlord needs to send a written notification to inform the tenant about any necessary deductions in advance. It’s important for both landlords and tenants to take photographic and video evidence of the property during inspections just in case a dispute arises.
Retain Experienced Legal Representation
At The Virga Law Firm, P.A., we help you effectively and legally respond to a claim or a tenant objection. Our Fort Walton Beach property management lawyers have successfully guided hundreds of clients through this legal process. With experienced legal representation, your case may not even necessitate a trial, saving you time, energy, and money.
Contact The Virga Law Firm, P.A. at (800) 822-5170 to schedule a consultation.