I recently moved out of an apartment. During move-in I completed a move-in checklist documenting any damages to the apartment including carpet issues. I returned these documents to apartment management to keep in my file. I complained several times in person to apartment management about the carpet. I have several witness's that can state the carpet condition upon move in and move out. Having been moved about for about a month now i recently received a letter stating i was being charged for the replacement of the carpet. I expressed my concern to the regional manager who indicated via email that there was no move-in checklist in the file. Can the apartment complex legally charge me for replacement if they lost the documentation we provided?
1 Answer from Attorneys
The landlord can charge you for that and if they have your security deposit they can just keep the deposit. That doesn't mean they can get away with it. You can file in the local municipal or small claims court so that you can present your side of the story. The landlord is most likely hoping that going to court is too much trouble for you - both time and cost-wise.
Simon W. Johnson
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