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My landlord refuses to return my security deposit. I did not

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My landlord refuses to return my security deposit. I did not have a lease, she told me many times she would send one to me. She never did. It is a small apartment complex with 6 units. No one there has a lease. I paid $550 per month, with $50 being taken off for yard maintenance. The security deposit she owes me is $500. I gave her 2 weeks notice to move, because I had to take in my 90 year old mother and find a handicapped 2 bedroom for us. She told me I
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What state is the property located in?

Customer: replied 8 years ago.

Vero Beach, Florida

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I have called her and ask her when I could come to Sebastian and pick up my security deposit. I mailed a letter requesting it or the possibility of her mailing it to me. I called her this as and she said she will not pay me until the apartment is re-rented. I found a renter, he found mold in the apt, and then decided not to take it. He moved in and moved out two days later. I put up rent signs, (two of them) to try and rent it myself for her. He had trouble getting his rent and deposit back. I paid on time and did many hours of work in the hip high grass yard, which I did not charge her for. I painted my apartment and paid a friend $100. She is know in the neighborhood as never giving back security deposits. She told me to call her attorney and hung-up on without giving me his name or number. She claims she has a motel as well as an apartment license. I did not have hot water the last three weeks there. I rented from July, August, September, October, 2008. The address is:922 Coquina Ln,Vero Beach, FL 32963 Her name isXXXXX she lives in Sebastian, FL.32958. Her phone number is XXXXX Please help me!I appreciate your assistance with this. Please give me information to assist me.What do I do?
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The landlord has 15 days to return your security deposit unless she is making a claim for the deposit. If she is wanting to use the security deposit for any unpaid rent, or for cleaning up the premises beyond reasonable wear and tear, she is required to send you a certified letter within 30 days claiming the deposit. If she did not do that, then she has no claims to the security deposit and you will have to take her to small claims court to sue her for return of the security deposit and violations of the landlord tenant statute on deposits [section 83.49 to be exact].

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