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Re: deposit back...

Posted by Mo on October 18, 1999 at 16:30:09:

In Reply to: Re: deposit back... posted by Leland on October 18, 1999 at 12:40:55:

: : : Okay, i agree that the roommates that I had and i caused enough damage
: : : to the house we where renting for the landlord to keep the deposit but
: : : how much is enough? can she ask for more then what the deposit was?
: : : example my deposit was 1000 with 250 (cleaning) non refunded
: : : okay because of a carpet burns she wants the room recarpeted
: : : hole in the wall but patched but she didnt like the patch job.
: : : planters where broken due to weather and
: : : bakc door lock was broken so she is asking for all locks in the house
: : : be replaced

: : : where do i stand, do i pay about 3000 to get my 750 deposit back?

: : : thanks

: : : leland

: : Wherever you lived: read about deposit refunds here in the msg board and on the
: : main web site, then write back...

: i understand, my question is above and beyond the deposit if she asks for more
: than the deposit amount do i have to by law give it to her? also she already
: gave back 500 of the 1000 deposit, but she is living there now and keeps finding
: more she doesnt like. am i being soaked or what?

Most states require that landlords return security deposits, with a detailed
list of any deductions, to the tenant within 30 days after they move out.
Landlords are notorious about providing sketchy information about deductions
or damage. The list must include valid estimates for any repairs, or the cost
of those that have been done. If the $ amount of damage is more than your
deposit, you can bet that your landlord will want the money.

Wear & Tear

Worn out keys
Loose or stubborn doorlock
Loose hinges or handles on doors
Worn and dirty carpeting
Carpet seam unglued
Scuffed up wood floors
Linoleum worn thin
Worn countertop
Stain on ceiling from rain or bad plumbing
Plaster cracks from settling
Faded, chipped or cracked paint
Loose wallpaper
Balky drapery rod
Faded curtains and drapes
Heat blistered blinds
Dirty window or door screens
Sticky window
Loose or inoperable faucet handle
Toilet runs or wobbles
Urine odor around toilet
Closet bi-fold door off track


Lost keys
Broken or missing locks
Damage to a door from forced entry
Torn, stained or burned carpeting
Rust or oil stains on carpet
Badly scratched or gouged wood floors
Linoleum with tears or holes
Burns and cuts in countertop
Stain on ceiling from overflowed tub
Holes in walls from kids or carelessness
Unapproved (bad) tenant paint job
Ripped or marked-up wallpaper
Broken drapery rod
Torn or missing curtains and drapes
Blinds with bent slats
Torn or missing screens
Broken window
Broken or missing faucet handle
Broken toilet seat or tank top
Urine or pet odor throughout unit
Damaged or missing bi-fold door

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