My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: FL
We (myself and 4 other friends) applied for a house July 30th and were approved. On August 3rd, we put down a security deposit on the house of $2265. The house would not be ready to move into until at least September 28th and the lease would be for a year. We never signed the lease since the landlord lives out of state and hadn't sent it to the realtor yet. Yesterday, August 30th, we informed them that we are not going to rent the house anymore due to some financial/personal reasons that have come up since putting down the deposit. The property management group is not going to give us our money back since we signed the application which says "All deposits are non-refundable." Yesterday when we talked to them on the phone about not moving in, we were told that many people were interested in the house and that the only reason we got it was because we were willing to pay more. Since there's still a month before the house can even be moved into and it was never truly taken off the market (it is still on several rental sites), we believe that they will easily find a replacement tenant. Is there any way we can get our money back, or at least part of it? Does Florida Statute 83.49 work in our favor or can be used to get the deposit back? I just want to see if we have any options at all! Thank you!