My question involves a security deposit in the State of Florida:
My former landlord just notified me of their itemized list of deductions from my security deposit. This doesn't sit well with me and it appears as if some of the charges are beyond the scope of what a security deposit is intended for. I would love some advice before I attempt the small claims court route. I hate to take the risk of going to court if these are, in fact, reasonable charges. I left the home cleaner than when I initially rented it and have pictures reflecting that. I also only occupied the home for six months.
Here is the list of charges:
Dead palm tree-$150.00 (the lease specifically stated that the landlord was responsible for yard maintenance, they provided the lawn care, etc.)
Removal & Dump of dead tree-$100.00
Backed up Kitchen Sink, Dishwasher & Disposal- Plumber-$160.00 (this I should have to pay for)
Repaint over Daughters room and Master bath-$100.00 (had permission to paint)
Repair tile kitchen tile off wall-$25.00 (I feel this was due to the leaking a/c unit which leaked water constantly where the tile was).
New Mail box- Broken flag off current box-$50.00 (this wasn't broken when I left)
Prowerwash, clean & Degrease Carport from leaking oil-$75.00
Excess cleaning from your dogs-$125.00 (had permission to have dogs on property, not sure what extra cleaning they are referring to)
Remove and Haul off monitor left at house-$100.00 (this is done for free by the local sanitation company that comes weekly anyway)
Late on rent 3 days- June ($20 per day)-$60.00
Late on rent 15 days-March ($20 per day)-$300.00 (can late charge be added on after the fact?)
Any Florida knowledge on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.