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you mention the stairs...

Posted by Dawn on November 13, 2000 at 13:03:08:

In Reply to: a better idea posted by Ken on November 12, 2000 at 20:30:33:

Is this carpet on the stairs leading up to your apartment or is it inside the apartment itself? If it's outside, then the landlord has to fix it, but since it's not in your apartment, it wouldn't be much to argue about. You could mention "someone could get hurt, fall down the stairs", that kind of thing but don't push it, especially if it's outside the apartment. If it is in the apartment itself, you could definitely TAKE pictures and make sure they have a date on them and keep them in your files. I would have it become an issue when you and the landlord have the lease in front of you about you wanting to replace the carpet. The landlord is not responsible for removal, but you can ask if it's okay to remove it yourself and put in a new carpet -- there may be a reason why carpet was laid in the first place (noisy floors). Check the lease for carpeting issues as well. It is ALWAYS a good idea to take pictures of the apartment BEFORE you move in, as a precautionary measure in case something falls apart later needing to be fixed or when you decide to move and want your security back (determining how much the landlord can take out for your breaking something in the place, when in reality it was messed up all along). good luck!

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