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Security Deposit

State of Florida, tenant abandons lease owing rent and utility money along with damages to the property.  Tenant leaves no forwarding address.  Landlord sends notices via emails (which is the only address known for tenant and was the manner in which tenant and landlord communicated prior to and during the lease terms) to former tenant that the security deposit will be held.   Now being told that the notice to tenant (even though clearly in default of lease) had to be in a specific form or the notice to withhold the security deposit is not valid and I have to give the security deposit back in full and then I have to sue to collect unpaid rent, unpaid utilities and damage to the property.  This makes no sense to me.....any thoughts by others?   
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