Are landlords supposed to give tenants their deposit back once they move out?
According to state law, a landlord has the discretion to collect various deposits as well as some rent in advance. When a tenant moves out, the landlord must either return your deposit within 15 days of termination of the rental agreement, if the landlord does not intend to impose a claim upon the security deposit; or justify in writing by certified mail, to the tenant's last known mailing address within 30-days upon termination of a rental agreement, as to why they are keeping a portion of or all of the deposit. If the notice is not sent as required within the 30-day period, the landlord forfeits his/her right to impose a claim upon the deposit, unless you fail to give proper notice prior to vacating. For more information on landlord and tenant laws, visit www.coralsprings.org/communitydevelopment.