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By: Roberto Vazquez

What can I do if a Landlord Keeps my Security Deposit?

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There is a certain notice requirement under Chapter 83 of the Florida Statutes that the landlord must follow in order to make a claim on any portion of your security deposit. If that notice is not given, the landlord forfeits his/her right to make a claim. If proper notice is given, the tenant must object to the claim within 15 days of receipt of the landlord’s claim. Sometimes, even if the landlord has no basis for making a claim or keeping a portion of a tenant’s security deposit, they still do. If this occurs, the tenant might have to sue the landlord to get the money back. If the tenant is the prevailing party in the lawsuit, they will be entitled to reimbursement of attorney’s fees and court costs spent.

At the Morey Law Firm, P.A., we can help determine your legal rights. If you live in Orlando or the surrounding area, call to set up your consultation with an Orlando landlord tenant lawyer today!