Fla. Stat. 83.49 states:
Whenever money is deposited or advanced by a tenant on a rental agreement as security for performance of the rental agreement or as advance rent for other than the next immediate rental period, the landlord or the landlord’s agent shall the total amount in an account at a Florida banking institution for the benefit of tenant
The closest thing to "a separate account at a banking institution " in the mortgage industry is called an escrow account. It is held by a neutral third party, which presumes that it is tied by contract to the other two. Now, I've never seen such a contract with leases even when they state "security deposit will be held in a separate account". So here's my question: what should one ask from a landlord to verify this clause is in effect?