Is itlegal for a landlord to ask forfirst, lastand a security deposit?

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Is itlegal for a landlord to ask forfirst, lastand a security deposit?

I am a RI landlord moving to FL. In RI it is illegal for me to ask for or take 1st, last and security deposit.  What is the law in FL regarding this issue?

Asked on May 21, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Florida

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Yes, as far as I can tell a Landlord in Florida can ask for the first months rent, last months rent, a security deposit (which as you know is not generally used for rent but I would check Florida's law to be sure) and a pet deposit (a new trend these days).  I would contact the state of Florida board of realtors  to see if they can give you any idea about rental laws and guidelines.  Or maybe any landlord associations in Florida as well. It is really better to be safe than sorry in these circumstances as I am sure being a seasoned landlord you know.  Good luck to you in your new endeavor.  


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