If a landlord agreed to a lease where no security deposit was required, can they then change their mind after signing the lease?

Asked on February 8, 2016 under Real Estate Law, Florida

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Not during the term of a written lease (since during the lease's term, neither party may add to or change it without the other party's consent), but when that lease's term expires, they can request a security deposit then (they don't have to renew under the same terms as the previous lease) and refuse to renew or re-rent unless the tenant provides a security deposit.


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