If eviction action already filed you have to pay the entire amount alleged to be due into the Court registry. You dont get to deduct the expenses from the funds to be deposited
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Send a letter giving the landlord seven days to make repairs. If the repairs are not made you can withhold a portion of the rent but you need to hold on to that money. If the landlord files an eviction action you will have to deposit the unpaid portion of rent with the clerk of court. You do not deposit the money until an eviction is filed and you have a case number. If an eviction action is filed you should see an attorney immediately. There are a few attorneys in the Orlando area that can help with this type of case. A few names are: Leonard Cabral, Jaisen Stango, and Dennis Chen. I included my name.
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