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Litigating Security Deposit Disputes in Florida

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One of the most common landlord/tenant matters property owners have to deal with is security deposit disputes. These situations put property and apartment managers in an awkward position, and often require them to get a lawyer involved. Meanwhile, renters often face deceptive conduct from property managers when it comes to security deposits, also entitling them to representation. If you are tenant or a landlord looking to resolve a deposit issue as quickly and painlessly as possible, consider contacting our Florida security deposit dispute attorneys at The Virga Law Firm, P.A. We have years of experience litigating property management issues, and promise to always work tirelessly to achieve favorable results for you.

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What to Do in Security Deposit Disputes

In the state of Florida, there is no statutory limit on security deposits. However, different cities and counties may set their own rules and regulations regarding security deposit limits. For landlords, it is important to check with your local municipality to see if there is a cap on security deposits for residential renters.

Landlords are required to return a tenant’s security deposit between 15-60 after they leave their rental property and surrender their keys. Landlords are allowed to take deductions on security deposits for any property damage that occurred during the time in which the tenant occupied said property. If a tenant disputes the landlord’s deduction, more that 15-60 days may be required to determine whether the tenant’s dispute is valid. Landlords are required to provide tenants with advance notice before deducting any amount from their security deposit.

Within 30 days of receiving a security deposit, Florida landlords are required by law to disclose in writing whether the deposit will be put in an account where it will incur interest. They must also disclose the account depository and the rate and time of interest payments. Interest payments are to begin at the end of tenancy, however, if a tenant wrongfully terminates their lease before the end of their rental term, no interest is required. If a landlord intends to collect a deposit from a tenant, they are required to include a copy of Florida Statutes 83.49(3) in their lease.

Although Florida Statutes 83.49(3) dictate how landlords and tenants are required to handle security deposit claims and objections, the law is open to interpretation in some areas. For instance, tenants often object to security deposit claims so that their landlord will return their full deposits to them at the end of their lease, even if their landlord has already established their intention to take deductions from their security deposit. Conversely, landlords often claim deductions on a security deposit without providing tenants with proper notification beforehand, leaving them no defense against their tenants’ objections. Because of the lack of clarity in these interactions, security deposit claims can go on for months or even years. This is why it is an important to hire an attorney who can sort through all the details in order to resolve disputes quickly.

Swift Action, Decisive Resolution With The Virga Law Firm, P.A.

Before filing a lawsuit and going to court, hire The Virga Law Firm, P.A. to help resolve security deposit disputes without all the hassle. In most cases, our skilled attorneys will be able to resolve issues with a simple letter or one-time settlement negotiation. We promise we will always fight to protect your financial interests, while also trying to keep you out of a prolonged legal battle. Call The Virga Law Firm, P.A., and hire our experienced Florida security deposit dispute lawyers today.

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