So what is the next step if the tenant files a response within the fifteen day time period?
If the tenant objects, within the allotted time period, the issue will be considered open, allowing the tenant to file suit against the landlord for return of the security deposit. This also allows the landlord to file action with the court. During this suit, a judge will review the landlord and/or tenant’s documentation regarding the situation. After assessing all of the information, the court will then determine the parties’ rights – who will get the security deposit. The winning party is generally entitled to compensation for attorney’s fees and court costs.
When in doubt, it is best to always consult with an experienced attorney. They would be able to help you navigate this complicated situation.
Stephen K. Hachey, a Florida foreclosure attorney, can help your wade through this process and determine a positive solution. Contact him at 813-549-0096.
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