In the state of Florida, can an apartment complex require a security deposit up from that is non refundable?

Asked over 1 year ago - Saint Petersburg, FL

The apartment complex wants a security deposit equal to one months rent and only half will be refundable. They call it a "high risk fee" based on credit?? Is this legal and is there any way around it?

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  1. Carol Lynne Zimmerly

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    Answered . Yes, a property owner and/or management can demand a half-months' fee up front based on poor credit or high risk of violations of lease based on prior evictions or other bad history.

    It is legal. The owner / management can demand it if they wish, so the way around it is only to rent somewhere else.

    Good luck!

  2. Robert David Devin

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    Answered . I agree that such a fee is permissible. But as stated you are free to walk away and rent elsewhere.

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  3. Cheryl Rivera Smith

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    Answered . It happens more often than you want to know. You have the option to rent elsewhere.

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