Florida Landlord-Tenant Laws

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Regarding Security Deposit

Florida state law does not impose regulations on the amount of security deposit a landlord can charge.

Florida law requires landlords to place a tenant’s security deposit into an account at a Florida bank or in a surety bond. Interest on the deposit must be paid to the tenant annually as well as when the tenancy ends.

Tenant security deposits must be returned within 15 days after lease termination, or else the landlord must provide a written notice that deductions will be assessed. Within 30 days after lease termination, the landlord must refund the balance with an itemized list of deduction.

Florida laws concerning security deposits can be found in Fla. Stat. Ann. Title VI, Sec 83.49.

Regarding Application Fees

Florida law doesn’t limit the amount a landlord can charge for an application fee.

Regarding Tenant Bad Checks

Civil Penalties: If tenant fails to make the check good within 30 days of the demand, triple the amount owed plus bank fees, court costs and reasonable attorney fees. Not less than $50 and not more than $2500. If payment is made within 30 days, a service fee of $10 or 5% of the check value, whichever is greater can be added to the amount due. In cases of stopped payment, a reimbursement for the travel expenses for filling papers.

Criminal Penalties: If it is a misdemeanor, then they could get a fine of $300 or 6 months in jail. For a felony, they could get up to 5 years in jail or a $1,000 fine.

Allowable Fees: $30

Regarding Notice of Termination for Nonpayment

A tenant will receive a 3-day notice to pay or quit for not paying rent. After that, the landlord can begin eviction proceedings through the district or county court, according to Fla. Stat. Ann. § 83-56(3).