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Did you actually owe back rent for the other apartment?
Or are you saying that the landlord is trying to charge you for the old apartment for time after they re-rented to you?
Ok, then this is a tough situation because under FL law, the landlord doesn't have a legal duty to "mitigate" his damages if he evicts and can just wait until the old lease expires and then sue any tenants under it for the rent that they lost. This is under FL. Stat. Ann. § 83.595
With that said, if he re-rented the property, then he can only hold you responsible for any lost rent until he re-rented.
The fact that they rented you another dwelling wouldn't eliminate your responsibility for the old one, I am sorry to say..
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