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I want to know what rules are for depositing advance rent paid for a 6 month lease in west palm beach county. I have opened separate account for security deposit, but have deposited advanced rent in an account in my name, and name of condo i am renting out. Can i invest this advance rent amount, or must i keep it in a standard bank checking account?
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Lawyer: N Cal Atty, Lawyer replied 7 months ago
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Thank you for your question.

You can get a free consultation from some of the local real estate attorneys listed here.

The Experts here can answer general questions but cannot give legal advice. Feel free to post a question here if you wish.

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Lawyer: N Cal Atty, Lawyer replied 7 months ago

For some reason your question did not display before.

Here is the statute.

It is too long to quote all of it, but it starts:

83.49 Deposit money or advance rent; duty of landlord and tenant.—

(1) Whenever money is deposited or advanced by a tenant on a rental agreement as security for performance of the rental agreement or as advance rent for other than the next immediate rental period, the landlord or the landlord’s agent shall either:

(a) Hold the total amount of such money in a separate non-interest-bearing account in a Florida banking institution for the benefit of the tenant or tenants. The landlord shall not commingle such moneys with any other funds of the landlord or hypothecate, pledge, or in any other way make use of such moneys until such moneys are actually due the landlord;

(b) Hold the total amount of such money in a separate interest-bearing account in a Florida banking institution for the benefit of the tenant or tenants, in which case the tenant shall receive and collect interest in an amount of at least 75 percent of the annualized average interest rate payable on such account or interest at the rate of 5 percent per year, simple interest, whichever the landlord elects. The landlord shall not commingle such moneys with any other funds of the landlord or hypothecate, pledge, or in any other way make use of such moneys until such moneys are actually due the landlord; or

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As you can see from the statute, rent paid in advance is treated as part of the security deposit, so the answer is No, you cannot invest it.

I hope this information is helpful.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I asked for attorney based in Palm Beach County familiar with local laws.
Lawyer: N Cal Atty, Lawyer replied 7 months ago

The statute seems pretty clear and I gave you a link to find local landlord tenant attornys. JustAnswer does not have attorneys in every town but we do have some in Florida. If you want me to opt out I can do that and you can wait for one of the Florida law experts to take over.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
PLs opt out - I want attorney in my county only. Thank you
Lawyer: N Cal Atty, Lawyer replied 7 months ago

Done.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Thank you, ***** ***** read question thoroughly before responding, I specifically asked for a PALM beach country attorney in my 1st inquiry.
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