karolyn h
karolyn h
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my previous landlord sent me a bill for $1000 for carpet damage. i say it was normal wear and tear--what to do? they say if i don't pay, they will report me to a credit agency

how do i dispute my previous landlords assessment of the carpet?
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vj swartz
vj swartz
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Always Always take before and after pictures before you move in and after, so that you have proof of all rooms in case of disputes. then you have your proof.wall. ceilings floors carpet outside etc, this saves your behind !make sure your camera or phone has the dates on it....

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Tanya Jones
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How long did you occupy the rental plays a part in what would be acceptable normal wear and tear.

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hemant m
hemant m
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It can be argued that you are responsible only for the cost of the carpet damage for the life of the carpet left at the time you left. For example, if the carpet is supposed to last for 10 years, the landlord has already captured the value by depreciating it over years. If you leased the property in year 8 and left in year 9 of the carpet life - you can only be responsible for atmost 2 years of life of the carpet. I used this logic when my landlord sent me a bill to replace the blinds on every window of a house. I argued that if blinds had to be replaced on every window it is an age issue rather than abuse issue. Then, i proceeded to ask for the receipt date the blinds were put in use and disputed the claim that I was responsible for the damage( which was the case). All the deposit was refunded without any questions. In this case the property had exchanged hands and the new landlord was just trying to make me pay for improvements. Some landlords abuse the law.

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mik r
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Tanya is correct and he cant make you pay for all new carpet if only one room is bad or so on.

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A HotPads user
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On your move in sheet, did you mark anything down for the bedroom carpets? if so, there is your proof, if not, and u do not have pictures, read your lease, u have nothing to go on

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A HotPads user
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yes he can, read ur lease
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Aaron Masser
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3 years ago
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Yeah, not really. the lease only goes so far...really read your state and city's landlord tenant act. Mostly though, he'll have to sue to you to get it if you don't agree to pay.

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laneque  reed
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2 years ago
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have you tryed to take it to court?

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