Florida Required Landlord Disclosures

Learn about the disclosures that landlords in Florida must provide tenants, usually in the lease or rental agreement.

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Florida requires landlords to make the following disclosures to tenants.

Owner or agent identity.  The landlord, or a person authorized to enter into a rental agreement on the land­lord’s behalf, must disclose in writing to the tenant, at or before the commencement of the tenancy, the name and address of the landlord or a person authorized to receive notices and demands on the landlord’s behalf. (Fla. Stat. Ann. § 83.50)

Fire protection. Landlord must tell new tenants about the availability of fire protection in a building over three stories high. (Fla. Stat. Ann. § 83.50)

Radon. In all leases, landlord must include this warning: “RADON GAS: Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that, when it has accumulated in a building in sufficient quantities, may present health risks to persons who are exposed to it over time. Levels of radon that exceed federal and state guidelines have been found in buildings in Florida. Additional information regarding radon and radon testing may be obtained from your county health department.” (Fla. Stat. Ann. § 404.056)

Security deposit. Within 30 days of receiving the security deposit, the landlord must disclose in writing whether it will be held in an interest- or non-interest-bearing account; the name of the account depository; and the rate and time of interest payments. Landlord who collects a deposit must include a copy of Florida Statutes § 83.49(3) in the lease. (Fla. Stat. Ann. §§ 83.49, 83.43 (12))

Check the Florida statute (Fla. Stat. Ann. §§ 83.49, 83.43 (12), 83.50, 404.056,) for details on these disclosures. See the Laws and Legal Research section of Nolo for advice on finding and reading statutes and court decisions.

Also, check your local ordinance for any city or county disclosure requirements. To find yours, check your city or county website (many are listed on State and Local Government on the Net), or contact the office of your mayor, city manager, or county administrator.

Finally, see the Required Landlord Disclosures article for details on federally-required landlord disclosures and other information on disclosures about the rental property.

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