I have signed a lease for a house with a management company. I was pressured into signing it before the previous renters moved out. When I got the keys the house was uncleaned and had no maintenance done. The management company was aggressively using intimidation in answer to my requests. After a handful of emails their lawyer got involved and a few things are now being taken care of. I am very concerned however because I gave a reasonably large security deposit. I have to assume the same held true for the previous renters but clearly they didn't use any of that money on repairs. I am worried my deposit will be stolen at the end of this lease and not sure if I need to do anything about that now. I have already taken pictures but the management company claims they have pictures as well. Those either don't exist or are fraudulent, I don't know because they wouldn't give them to me.
Aggressive intimidation? How?
So someone put a gun to your head and made you sign a lease?
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What legal action? It's premature for your security deposit to be returned, and the facts you provide do not support that you were unlawfully pressured into signing the lease. Also, the management company has no obligation to provide you with their photos.
I suggest you retain the photos that you took to document the condition of the property before you moved in, take additional photos with a date and time stamp, take video if possible, and find a third party who you believe might be a credible witness to the condition of the property. Then when its time to move out, do the same to document the move-out condition.
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I wholeheartedly concur with my learned colleagues, Mr Fucillo and Mr. Rinaldi; your post does not indicate any "facts" to establish the purported "pressure," and without it, you essentially "accepted" the premises as they were when you took possession (or at least that is what the LL will now argue, trust me). The fact that you gave a large security deposit is not at all actionable or relevant here (i.e, just part of the contract you agreed too - or so they will likely say). And you can't really litigate most security disputes until after the lease is over anyway.
They MAY owe (routine) maintenance (per your lease and/or the L/T ACT, Chapter 83 Florida Statutes), or perhaps even via "oral" promises they made after the lease was signed (much, much more difficult to establish); but the truth is, only an engaged lawyer can tell you that - AFTER reviewing your facts and your lease - speaking with the LL, to get their side of the story. It can't be done on line, sorry.
And, I would say that IF "their lawyer got involved," my suggestion to YOU would be that consult with a good local real estate attorney (who who routinely represents tenants in your area) to review your lease, investigate your facts more thoroughly, and perhaps negotiate a bit with the management company. You should be able to find a good 'tenants" lawyer (local) - there are a few right here at AVVO; just bring him or her your lease, tell your story, and then you can more properly examine your options (which I will admit, from your post, seem limited - but you never know). An initial consult will not cost that much, and may be well worth considering your situation, and frustration. .
Hope this helps.
That siad, I am not so sure you have any ;legal action on which o proceed, sorry.
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