Security Deposit Disputes Lawyer in Florida
Our Panama City Beach property management attorneys at The Virga Law Firm, P.A. have vast experience in dealing with security deposit claims and objections, both from the landlord and tenant perspective. We have helped resolve hundreds of disputes efficiently and correctly—and it doesn’t always require filing a lawsuit or going to court. In fact, for the vast majority of these cases, we can help you resolve the dispute with a simple letter or settlement negotiation between landlord and tenant.
Security deposit disputes are one of the most common spats landlords have with their tenants, even when the landlord provides an itemized deduction list of why a portion or all the security deposit was withheld. Although Florida law dictates how landlords and tenants must handle the security deposit, claim and objection, the statute is not entirely clear on all matters of importance regarding the security deposit. Many times, tenants object to the security deposit claim simply in an effort to make the landlord give up and return the deposit, even if proper claims were made. At the same time, some landlords make wrongful claims on the security deposit but don’t know how to properly respond to a tenant objection. Meanwhile, the security deposit dispute goes unresolved for months if not years. This shouldn’t happen. We can help you make sure you get the fair amount for any damage your tenant has done to your property, and make sure the process doesn’t get dragged out for months, or longer.
What Are the Reasons Landlords Can Deduct from the Security Deposit?
As a Florida landlord, you are permitted by law to keep a portion or all the tenant’s security deposit if the tenant did not leave the unit in the condition it was in when it was rented. You may also deduct or take all the security deposit in the following cases:
- The renter damaged property more than what can be attributed to normal wear and tear. Some examples of this are cigarette burns or stains in the carpet, pet damage, electrical appliances damaged through careless usage, broken windows, or other damages.
- The tenant made unauthorized repairs, such as repainting a unit or replacing light fixtures without prior approval.
- The security deposit may be withheld if the tenant failed to pay rent.
- The tenant failed to adequately clean the rental unit upon vacating.
If you are embroiled in landlord/tenant disputes in Florida, don’t delay contacting our property management attorneys at The Virga Law Firm, P.A., to ensure you can claim the exact amount you deserve from a security deposit.
Contact usor call The Virga Law Firm, P.A. at (800) 822-5170 with you questions about security deposit disputes in Panama City Beach.