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


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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