What’s wrong with this picture? Excessive apartment damage charges?
Question by Mrs. Coogan: What’s wrong with this picture? Excessive apartment damage charges?
These are the charges I received from my ex-landlord after asking to be reimbursed for nearly $ 4500 worth of our belongings which she threw out, claiming that our apartment was “abandoned”. Our rent was paid through the month, she acknowledges on the form that we did indeed provide proper notice and we finished our term. The charges total $ 4973, less our deposits ($ 700, including pet deposits), bringing the bill to $ 4273. The charges just seem very fishy to me. The apartment is only about 800 sq. ft. Also, that woman was recently fired for stealing money hmmm…
$ 125: Claims that we owed $ 125 in rent: A lie, since it was paid in full for 6 months and that was the first we heard of this. I believe it was made up to justify her “abandonment” claim.
$ 20: Repair door scratches from our dog, a legit charge, I agree.
$ 3,718: For removing old carpet, replacing, and “slab treatment”, whatever that is. This is the main charge I’m concerned with.
$ 250: For heavy cleaning. The unit was indeed dirty b/c we had not yet finished moving when she took it upon herself to do this. Had we been given the proper chance, it wouldn’t have been left that dirty.
$ 100: Trash removal?
$ 60: Keys not turned in (big clue it wasn’t abandoned). She never asked for them.
$ 60: Paint touch up. We didn’t damage the walls at all, this is normal wear and tear.
$ 615: Carpet CLEANING. How is this possible, to charge for what seems to be multiple cleanings AND replacement?
$ 150: De-flea. Our dogs didn’t have fleas, they were on medication monthly for that. Plus, that’s what she claimed the “slab treatment” was for.
What seems wrong here to you guys?
Answer by mailgirl0
File a suit in civil court, Sounds like your landlord is more like a slumlord and is just looking to bilk you out of thousands of dollars.
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