The Florida rental application allows landlords to verify a prospective tenant's background information and credit history before signing a lease agreement. In Florida, there is no maximum for an application fee; the landlord may ask for any amount.
Florida landlords may also ask approved tenants for any amount as a security deposit; there is no limit. Tenants are also required to pay a pet deposit fee to have a pet on the property. In Florida, the landlord must keep any fees or deposits in a separate account.
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The rental application should include the following sections:
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According to state law, a tenant’s security deposit must be returned to him or her no later than 15 days after he or she vacates the premises (Fla. Stat. Ann. § 88.49, 83.43 (12)).