Jerome C. Williams, Jr., Attorney at Law
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Under Florida law, landlords must disclose specific information to tenants (usually in the lease or rental agreement), such as the identity of anyone authorized to act on the landlord’s behalf and information about where the security deposit is being held. For a full list, see Florida Required Landlord Disclosures.
Required Landlord Disclosures in FL
Florida Security Deposit Limit and Return
Florida state law does not limit how much a landlord can charge for a security deposit. However, it does limit when it must be returned (within one month after a tenant moves) and sets other restrictions on deposits. See Florida Security Deposit Limits and Deadlines for more on the subject
Florida Small Claims Law
Tenants can sue landlords in small claims court for the return of their deposit, up to a dollar amount of $5,000. See Filing a Security Deposit Lawsuit in Florida Small Claims Court for advice for tenants filing suit. Landlords defending a security deposit lawsuit should check out Florida Landlord’s Guide to Security Deposit Disputes in Small Claims Court.
Florida Rent Rules
State law regulates several rent-related issues, including how much time (three days in Florida) a tenant has to pay overdue rent or move before a landlord can file for eviction. For details, see Florida Termination for Nonpayment of Rent and Other Rent Rules.
Florida Termination and Eviction Rules
State laws specify when and how a landlord may terminate a tenancy. For example, a landlord may give a Florida tenant who has caused intentional destruction to the rental property or other tenants’ property or repeatedly violated the lease within a 12-month period an unconditional quit notice that gives the tenant seven days to move out before the landlord can file for eviction. See State Laws on Unconditional Quit Terminations and State Laws on Termination for Violation of Lease for details on these types of termination notices in Florida.
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