Good morning. Yes, you are entitled to keep the deposit to cover either damages or unpaid rent. But, you want to comply with the Florida statutory requirements regarding the withholding of such deposit, which require that
"upon the vacating of the premises for termination of
the lease, the landlord shall have 15 days to return the security
deposit together with interest if otherwise required, or in which
to give the tenant written notice by certified mail to the tenant's
last known mailing address of his intention to impose a claim on
the deposit and the reason for imposing the claim. The notice
shall contain a statement in substantially the following form:
This is a notice of my intention to impose a claim for damages in
the amount of ________________ upon your security deposit, due to
_______________________. It is sent to you as required by
s. 83.49(3), Florida Statutes. You are hereby notified that you
must object in writing to this deduction from your security deposit
within 15 days from the time you receive this notice or I will be
authorized to deduct my claim from your security deposit. Your
objection must be sent to (landlord's address). If the landlord
fails to give the required notice within the 15-day period, he
forfeits his right to impose a claim upon the security deposit."
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