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Are you currently under a fixed term lease that is expiring or are you month to month?
Did you already pay a security deposit previously?
How much is rent and how much security deposit are they asking for in total?
If you are already living there, how would you prepay first month's rent?... I am a little confused by that...
Or do you mean that they want you to pay your last month's rent in advance?
Ok, unfortunately, from a legal perspective the landlord can request any amount he wants as a security deposit because FL doesn't have a law that limits the deposit.
As for requiring "prepayment" of the Dec rent prior to it becoming due Dec 1, again, there is nothing under FL statutes that would prohibit this.
But if there is no date that it has to be paid by, then you could pay it Nov 30 if you wanted and it would still be considered "prepaid" since it isn't due until the 1st of Dec.
And yes, I can't imagine why the landlord is being such a jerk with you after such a long tenancy.. Having been a landlord myself for over 26 years, I treat my long term tenants like gold if they pay the rent on time and don't damage anything...
Well, to be honest, what she uses any prepaid rent on doesn't really matter legally. You would be given credit for it when it comes due on Dec 1. As for any deposit, she can't use that by law because it isn't her money and she has to keep it in an escrow account and notify you where the money is being held.