Legal Question in Credit and Debt Law in Massachusetts

I left my apartment after 6+years their charging 450.00 damages for painting can they?

Asked on 2/21/11, 5:50 pm

3 Answers from Attorneys

Paul Lancia Attorney Paul Lancia

Ask the landlord to substantiate the damages. Normal wear and tear does not count.

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Answered on 2/21/11, 6:00 pm

Christopher Vaughn-Martel Charles River Law Partners, LLC.

I agree with Attorney Lancia that you would not be responsible for anything which would be considered 'normal wear and tear' during a six year period. If you left holes in the walls and other more substantial damage, you might want to consider paying or making some offer. As always, obtain a release if you are going to pay on a claim.

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Answered on 2/22/11, 6:21 am
henry lebensbaum Law Offices of Henry Lebensbaum (978-749-3606)

It also depends on the terms of your lease.

You may have some causes of action against your landlord. For instance, did he keep the deposit in a segregated interest paying account.

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Answered on 2/22/11, 12:51 pm

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