Originally Posted by kittylover4ever
Way to go Kelly!!! Why in the world did your exlandlord keep it from you in the first place!??? Luckily, I"ve never had that problem!!!
He tried to keep $400.00 (half of deposit) for things that are considered normal wear and tear. Our rental agreement stated that "normal wear and tear" would not be deducted from our security deposit.
Painting the walls (We painted the walls and trim and even asked him exactly what color it was just 2 months before we moved out)
Recleaning the carpet.
It wasn't in our contract to clean the carpet but AS A COURTESYI cleaned them before we left. The carpet was not dirty but he knew we had cats and I didn't want him to say later that the carpets smelled (which he did anyway). That's just crap because they didn't smell before I cleaned them THE FIRST TIME. Sorry, that's the part that really ticks me off because I worked so hard to do something totally unnecessary.
Damage already present when we moved in. The kitchen sink had been leaking before we moved in and we discovered it 2 days after we moved in and he came to fix it. The water caused damage in the cabinet and I guess he thought it had leaked more and we didn't tell him. I dunno, I didn't really understand any of his argument.
Anyway, thanks everyone for all of your encouraging words. I'm really glad I stuck it to this old goat!!