Security Deposit Basics – Florida Landlord-Tenant Law and Florida Renter’s Rights

The basics of security deposits under Florida’s Landlord-Tenant Act (for residential property):

(1) The landlord has to hold the tenant’s security deposit “in trust” for the tenant, and cannot spend the security deposit money and cannot mix the security deposit money with the landlord’s own money (unless the landlord buys a special kind of insurance called a bond). Landlords just about never get a bond for security deposits, so essentially the law prohibits the landlord from mixing your security deposit money with the money of the landlord.

(2) The landlord must notify the tenant in writing of where the security deposit money is being held (i.e. what bank).

(3) The landlord has special duties to notify the tenant of when and how the landlord seeks to make a “claim” against the security deposit after the tenant leaves the rental property. Those duties can vary based on how much notice the tenant has provided that the tenant is leaving, whether the tenant leaves on time, whether the tenant was in a lease or was month-to-month, and whether and how the tenant notifies the landlord of the tenant’s forwarding address.

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Florida Security Deposit Dispute Package –

Florida Eviction Defense Package –

Settlement Agreement Between Landlord and Tenant Package –

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Say What?!? Trump Praises The ‘Abolition of Civil Rights’?

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Delivering a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Thursday, President Trump stumbled while reading from a teleprompter and unintentionally credited “people of faith” for the “abolition of civil rights.” []

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Documentary | Klansville [KKK] – The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights

As the civil rights movement grew in the 1960s, the long-dormant Ku Klux Klan reemerged with a vengeance.
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Former Civil Rights Attorney On Failures Of Police Training

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Insights In Law: Landlord and Tenants legal Rights

The following video will help answer some of your questions about landlord and tenant law. When you rent a house or an apartment you enter into a legal contract, As a tenant you have certain rights and responsibilities. Insights In Michigan Law is a weekly video series to help those with legal questions during these challenging times.

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The Pendergraft Firm serves landlords and tenants in the State of Maryland. We are experts on Maryland Landlord Tenant Law.

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Civil Rights and the 1950s: Crash Course US History #39

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History of the Civil Rights Movement
Beginning with the end of the U.S. Civil War in 1865, African Americans toiled to reach equal status in the eyes of the law. Not only that, they also struggled against abuse – both physical and mental – by racist members of society. Starting with the right to vote, and then laboring to integrate schools and other aspects of everyday life, the Civil Rights Movement made huge strides over a century of work. While the crusade may never truly be over, many considered the election of the country’s first African American President to be a turning point in the battle. In this video, explores the history of the United States’ Civil Rights Movement.
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In which John Green teaches you about the early days of the Civil Rights movement. By way of providing context for this, John also talks a bit about wider America in the 1950s. The 1950s are a deeply nostalgic period for many Americans, but there is more than a little idealizing going on here. The 1950s were a time of economic expansion, new technologies, and a growing middle class. America was becoming a suburban nation thanks to cookie-cutter housing developments like the Levittowns. While the white working class saw their wages and status improve, the proverbial rising tide wasn’t lifting all proverbial ships. A lot of people were excluded from the prosperity of the 1950s. Segregation in housing and education made for some serious inequality for African Americans. As a result, the Civil Rights movement was born. John will talk about the early careers of Martin Luther King, Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, and even Earl Warren. He’ll teach you about Brown v Board of Education, and the lesser known Mendez vs Westminster, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and all kinds of other stuff.

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Hey teachers and students – Check out CommonLit’s free collection of reading passages and curriculum resources to learn more about the events of this episode. The Civil Rights Movement gained national attention with the murder of Emmett Till in 1955:
That same year, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus, beginning the Montgomery bus boycott:
A young preacher named Martin Luther King Jr. gained national fame rallying support for the Montgomery bus boycott:
The end of segregation also began in the South with the Showdown in Little Rock in 1957:

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