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How Long do Florida Landlords have to Return the Security Deposit?

Posted by Debi Rumph | Sep 29, 2023 | 2 Comments

According to Florida law, under certain circumstances, landlords are obligated to return a tenant's security deposit promptly. Specifically, when the landlord is not making a claim on the security deposit, Fla. Stat. s. 83.49(3)(a) requires landlords to return the deposit within 15 days after the tenant moves out. 

However, if the landlord makes a claim on the security deposit, how long does the landlord have to return the undisputed amount of the security deposit?  If this is the case, according to Fla. Stat. s. 83.49(3)(b), the landlord will have 30 days after the date on the notice of intention to impose a claim on the security deposit.  Since the NOCOSD must be delivered to the tenant within 30 days of the tenant's move-out date, in most cases, this will be a maximum of approximately 60 days after the tenant's move-out date.

These timeframes are important as they ensure that tenants receive a return of their deposits in a timely manner.


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We have heard you: security deposit clients LOVE affordable representation, but they also like fast results. Some clients prefer speed and aggressiveness over cost, and vice versa. Therefore, we have two (2) full representation options: The Patient-No-$-Out-of-Pocket-Option, and (2) The More Aggressive-Paid-Option.

If you need guidance on dealing with your landlord, do not hesitate to reach out to us.  We provide many options for tenants like you and invite you to complete our online form today to learn more about our services.  We also invite you to contact us today or feel free to email us at [email protected], or text or call us at (407) 294-9959.

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Debi Rumph

The Law Offices of Debi V. Rumph and Debi's Tenant Clinic Corner About Us Since July 2005, The Residential Realty Law Firm provided a wide range of legal services as it related to home ownership. However, on July 1, 2012, The Residential Realty Law Firm became the Law Offices of Debi V. Rumph. Debi pr...


Katherine Bohannon Reply

Posted May 03, 2024 at 11:05:31

Question retaliatory eviction due to another family member in a completely separate home that uses the same property management company suing for return of deposit. Person facing possible eviction is 74 years old and disabled

Debi Rumph Reply

Posted May 06, 2024 at 08:19:49

Katherine, it seems like a tenant is experiencing severe retaliation. I strongly advise that the tenant consult with someone to devise a plan to end the retaliation. Unfortunately, bullies tend to become worse if their victims don’t stand up to them. At the very least, the tenant should consider a short telephone call:

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