Posted by Edward on December 28, 1999 at 14:08:26:
Just recently (10/31/99) we moved out of our rented house into a much
nicer one in the suburbs. After several contacts with our landlord,
he said that he would keep our security deposit to use as cleanup
expenses... this was fine with us, and we offered to give our new
number and address so he could contact us if there were any problems.
He declined this option a number of times.
On 12/10/99, I received a civil complaint from my now ex-landlord. It
states the following:
Carpet replacement - $1188.48
Trash Removal - $200.00
Supplies - $473.67
Water Bill - $367.88
Labor Expenses - $550.00
All of this adds up to $2740.03, NOT INCLUDING the security deposit he kept.
Now I have several questions that if can be answered would be of tremendous
help. First of all, the civil complaint was filed about 40 days after we
moved out, is there any limit as to when a complaint can be filed? Also, the
carpet removal was caused by part of the ceiling collapsing because of a water
leak from the 2nd level -- something that the landlord was notified about
but never fixed. Is this disputable? And finally, when we moved in we signed
a one-year lease. This lease was never renewed, and we lived there for 2 more
years afterwards. Are there any stipulations that come with this?
I thank anyone for their help!
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