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Posted by Henry on October 26, 1998 at 00:06:42:

I just moved out of an appartment after living there for over 2 years. I actually moved to another appartment in the same residence (same landlord). Landlord is now claiming $200 because "carpet was very worn and smelled". When I moved in, the carpet was far from being new and obviously after 2 years, it has not gotten better. Is their claim justified and should I pay? (I live in Pennsylvania). When does a landlord have to change a carpet, is there any depreciation by law on carpet that make the residual value of the carpet null after a certain number of years?
I have 2 cats and paid a non refundable deposit for the cats, doesn't that cover additional possible wear?
Landlord claimed verbally that it smelled "pet's urine" but they are using this as an excuse to have me pay for the new carpet.

Thank you

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