I need some info on terms used in a conversation with my previous landlord that i did not understand?
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Typically if they intend to make a claim against your security deposit they are required to send you a certified letter informing you of their claim. Failure to send the letter can prevent them from being able to keep your security deposit. As another poster stated, more information would be needed to really answer the question.
Best way to answer that is to go get the letter; you don't need to be worried opening. "Certified" mail just means that the person who SENT it has proof it was sent, that is all. Odds are it's about your deposit.
Not sure what you mean by "the lease was due," but: 1) did you vacate before the end of the lease term for any reason?; 2) provide a forwarding address; 3) did you RETURN THE KEYS? or 3) do a walk through? Indeed sometimes the lease has very specific protocols and notice requirements for terminating - that include more than just leaving. That's likely what she meant, but you would have to ask her (or consult your lease) to be sure.
Hope this helps
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More facts are needed but generally speaking when a landlord intends to impose a claim on their tenant's security deposit, F.S. 83.49 requires that the landlord send written notice of the claim to the tenant by certified mail. If the tenant objects to the claim, then he or she must object in writing within 15 days of receiving the certified mail. I suggest you consult with a local attorney if you are not sure what has happened with your security deposit.
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