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Thank you for using Just Answer. I look forward to assisting you.Under Florida law, a landlord who plans to dispute the return of part or all of the security deposit must do so within 30 days of the tenant's moving out to the address they have on file for the tenant. First, if you did not receive this letter within 30 days, Florida law says that the landlord is not entitled to keep even a single cent of the security deposit. Since you object to this, under Florida law, the first thing you must do is send notice of your objection of the deduction in writing, to the landlord/property manager within 15 days from the date you received the notice. I would send the notice of your objection with tracking or certified so you have proof of delivery. Be specific in which items you are disputing. List them out individually, even though you may object to all of them.Once you object to the claim against your security deposit within 15 days the landlord is not allowed to remove the amount in dispute and is actually required bring you to Court to make some kind of agreed settlement. If your landlord does not follow these steps, then your only option would be to take him or her to court so the court may adjudicate who is entitled to the security deposit and in what amount.If you need clarification or additional information, please REPLY and I'll be happy to assist you further. Thank you.
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