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Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq., Attorney-at-Law
Category: Landlord-Tenant
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I had a tenant that I issued an eviction notice with an

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Customer: I had a tenant that I issued an eviction notice with an effective date of 9-12-2016. The tenant did not vacate until October 3, 2016. His rent was $400 per month and I had a $250 security deposit. not only did he stay pas the eviction date, he also caused damages to the room. Can I withhold his deposit for rent for the month of October. Or should I itemize the damages which are more than $250. My understanding is if a tenant stays a day into the next month, they owe for the entire month.
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?
Customer: florida, broward county. The property is my private townhouse.
JA: What are the terms of the lease? Any issues related to maintenance or upkeep?
Customer: yes, the month to month rental agreement does state terms and condition. It also states either tenant or landlord can cancel agreement with a 30 day written notice.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: He was a horder, he had empty food and beverage containers in the room. Now I have Terminex coming out this week.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Expert:  Phillips Esq. replied 11 months ago.

Hello: This isCustomer Welcome to JustAnswer! I am reviewing your post, and I will post my response very shortly. Thank you for your patience.

Expert:  Phillips Esq. replied 11 months ago.

Pursuant to Florida Statutes Chapter 83 Section 83.49 subsection(3), you need to send the Tenant a formal notice that you would not be returning his Security Deposit to him because of the rent due and also for damages to the property. You need to do this in order to retain the Security Deposit. You need to review Florida Statutes Chapter 83 Section 83.49(3) to make sure that you follow the proper procedures in retaining the Security Deposit.

"(a) Upon the vacating of the premises for termination of the lease, if the landlord does not intend to impose a claim on the security deposit, the landlord shall have 15 days to return the security deposit together with interest if otherwise required, or the landlord shall have 30 days to give the tenant written notice by certified mail to the tenant’s last known mailing address of his or her 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 30-day period, he or she forfeits the right to impose a claim upon the security deposit and may not seek a setoff against the deposit but may file an action for damages after return of the deposit.

(b) Unless the tenant objects to the imposition of the landlord’s claim or the amount thereof within 15 days after receipt of the landlord’s notice of intention to impose a claim, the landlord may then deduct the amount of his or her claim and shall remit the balance of the deposit to the tenant within 30 days after the date of the notice of intention to impose a claim for damages. The failure of the tenant to make a timely objection does not waive any rights of the tenant to seek damages in a separate action."