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We moved out of a fantastic rental in April. The leasers were so kind as to never repair things when we would call and the place was old! It was so amazing that our front door would not close, our water in the sinks would not turn off, you could feel a draft by every door and window, the wood from the outside of the house was rotting off.
So we bought a home and moved the heck out!
Now they are saying we owe them almost 3000 dollars. 1000 for repainting the two bedroom apt that was ity, it took fourty five hours they say (the house had no insulation! When it was cold, all the dust settled where the posts in the walls were and would not come off with any amount of cleaning or scrubbing). So I have to pay because there is no insulation? I believe that was paid through our three hundred dollar electric bills each month!
I have agreed to pay for carpet replacement in the living room, it needed to be done! But now they are saying we have to pay for replacement throughout the whole property!
I'm so frustrated I could just cry. I'm being taken advantage of and all I can think is where are the good people in this world? I'd just love to go to court.
__________________ Kelly Proud wife to Zach & Mommy to Victoria Rose December 10, 2012
We had to deal with the same type of situation when me moved out of the place we were renting a few months ago. Our water bill was over $300 every month because the toliets were messed up, our dishwasher stopped working because of the hack plumbing job the guy did, our trash compactor caught on fire and he told me to douse it with water and just leave it in the kitchen till he could get to it (2 months later)....the list goes on and on. When we moved out his stepdaughter went on FB talking all kinds of mess about us and texted me at all hours with nonsense. We were on a month to month rental and they wanted to throw a fit because we didnt give enough of a notice. I hope it all works out in court. I know how stressful it is but just go and be honest and it should be okay. Most Judges know how sorry landlords can be and they also know the laws that the landlord must follow to even be allowed to rent a property (upkeep and stuff like that).
Do you have a log or anything showing you called while you were there to take with you? Also, I know here in MA/CT you have to get a sign off when you leave a lease. Anything not documented during this checkout, you are not required to fix/pay. If you fail anything, they are required to allow you to fix it if you can. If the landlord can't be there for final check out, they are required to notify you immediately (within 5 business days) and they must have a 3rd party to confirm the damage. I'd check to see if the laws are similar.
I'd call your local "free" advise and see what your rights were. Pretty cool that your state has one. I know Mass does also.
Katrina, mom to 7 wonderful children on earth, and 4 guardian angels in heaven.
Slumlords. How I loath thee. They are clearly strongarming you here, Kelly, so it may be worth your (monetary) while to spend an hour with an attorney that deals with leases just to know what the appropriate reaction is. A countersuit demanding repayment for the exorbitant heating bills (due to lack of insulation) might be just the thing to get them off of their high horses.
Maggie - Mommy to Marlowe & Willamina
That's such crap. You are not required to pay for painting, landlord is. Normal wear & tear on carpeting is allowed, anything worse is on you. The only thing you would be responsible for is actual damage. Bring a list and any other evidence to court so you don't forget anything. If the judge thinks the landlord is trying to bleed you at all, the judge will likely dismiss the whole thing. Ugh!
Wife of 18 years to Anthony
Mommy to 4 daughters Elinore 05/27/95,
Phoenix 12/14/01, Pascale 06/03/05
& baby Wren on 12/10/12
I would also check statue of limitations or whatever it's called in your state. They didn't say anything until 3 months later??? There is something fishy about that. Hope you get this all worked out without having to give them 3000 they dont deserve...