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Can they fine me in addition to my deposit for breaking my lease?

Posted by Debbie on March 26, 2001 at 15:05:46:

I recently lost my employment to a company in Boca Raton, FL due to the company's filing chapter 7 bankruptcy. I was hard pressed to find new employment and the only suitable employment that I could find in a short time was some 7 hours away. I obviously had to break my lease, which I had only been in for 3 months. The apartment complex I was living in now wants to charge me an additional month's rent as a penalty, a redecorating fee (which I paid when I moved in but they want it again), keep my security deposit & accrued interest, and then charge a partial month's rent for the month after I left before the apartment was re-let. My question is - Are all those amounts legal? The apartment was in perfect condition when I left it - almost exactly as it was when I moved in. I agree with paying the rent until the apartment is re-let, but what about all the rest of that money? HELP! I feel like they've got their hands deep in my pockets!!

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