If the landlord intends to make a claim against the tenant's deposit, then the landlord has 30 days, from the date the tenant vacated the property, to give the tenant written notice by certified mail of the intent to impose a claim and the reasons for imposing a claim.
Florida Eviction Law: 83.49
see also: Notice Requirements
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Not Making a Claim on Tenant's Security Deposit
After the tenant has vacated at the end of a lease rental term, or after execution of the writ of possession, if the landlord does not intend to impose a claim on the security deposit, the landlord has 15 days to return the security deposit, together with interest if otherwise required, to the Tenant.
Landlord must return deposit within 15 days if no claim is imposed on deposit.
Landlord must give tenant 30 days notice of intent to impost a claim on deposit
Tenant's must object within 15 days of receiving landlord's notice of claim on deposit
The tenant must object to the imposition of a claim on deposit or to the amount of the claim within 15 days after the tenant receives the landlord's notice. If no objection is received by the landlord from the tenant, then the landlord may deduct the amount of the claim from the deposit, and the landlord shall remit the balance (if any) of the deposit to the tenant within 30 days after the date of the notice of intent to impose a claim on deposit. Even if the tenant fails to timely object (within 15 days), the tenant could seek a return of the deposit and damages in a separate case in court.
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