posted: Nov. 19, 2012 @ 7:41a
First post. This is the back story. Moved into a condo last year. Lease was a year and then it was month to month. My gf and I rented from a first time landlord who only rented the condo bc she could not sell since the complex was under litigation with the contractor for a shoddy job on the deck's and siding. (Condo was built in 2006) Obviously there were other issues as well such the sliding doors not sealing, and just other corners were cut but whatever that isn't my issue.
Bring us to the real stuff. We performed a moving out walkthrough with the landlord. This was a checklist for her which we both initialized which noted any issues she had with the apartment. Based on this we fully expected to get most of the deposit back sans like maybe 150$ for some basic dings and stuff on the walls and for her cheap blinds which broke.
Come a week later I get a nasty email from her inferring to additional damages which she wants to charge for. In the email she keeps mentioning how the carpets had to be replaced and her quote was 1500 (750sqft). The issue here is weird. We had already discussed with her prior (phone call) regarding the rugs. We had a puppy who made a mess and the cleaning product used left marks on the rug. We didn't notice until we had Stanley Steamer come in and do a full rug cleaning that the spots stuck out. We notified her and she said not to worry since she planned on replacing the rugs anyways. They are original from the construction so are 6 years old and they are the cheap kind. During the walkthrough she and her husband clearly saw the rugs and once again stated no big deal since they will be replacing them. On the checklist she marked the rugs as OK with no notes regarding anything. Now in her new email she mentions that she didn't didn't realize the extent of the rugs and feels as if we had it professionally cleaned sooner she would not have to had replaced the rugs. I feel like she is trying to use this is leverage to charge us for the following..
Dishwasher- $150. Dishwasher was clogged. I reported this to her in a previous email and she told me it sometimes does that and to run the disposal for a while. I had to remove a food catcher myself and get out some items. We didn't press her on really fixing it as she had her wedding and honeymoon. Whatever we will agree to this charge since we used it and obviously must have clogged it up.
Bathroom tiles- $450 She says that after installing brighter lights in the bathroom she noticed a crack in three bathroom tiles. This was not mentioned on the walkthrough and I have not acknowledged this at all. All I know is that nothing was ever dropped in the bathroom. There crack is in front of where you get out of the shower. I guess I need to lose weight? We had a previous issue with a leak which damaged part of the wall which was half fixed before but there was no negligence on our behalf that damaged this. My father says most likely it was just the cheap materials used finally wearing down. I obviously want to argue this as I am not paying for this as it isn't noted on the walkthrough at all. If the crack was so big why wasn't it noted?
Cleaning fee: $250 In her email she mentions that the place was dirtier than she realized and she had to hire out a cleaning service. She provided quotes and all that jazz. I disagree with this however. My gf spent plenty of time cleaning the apartment and wiping everything down. I don't even understand this at all. It was a 750sqft apartment. There was nothing noted about cleanliness issues on the checklist.
So I am not sure how to respond to her. Obviously we know it was our fault with the rugs however she is going to be selling the condo and I am sure her plan all along has been to replace the original rugs. Especially when she told us multiple times including the walkthrough that was the plan. I feel with the way she has worded it she is trying to use that as leverage in case we argue these additional charges.
What is my plan here? I am thinking offering her $300 of it or see her in court. Or should we just take it and chalk it up as a loss?