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The lease my boyfriend and I had at our old apartment recently was up, and of course the two days before we moved out, we cleaned constantly and got his mom (who owns a cleaning business) to help us out as well! The carpets were professionally cleaned and everything was pretty much spotless.

About a month later, my mom received a letter for my dad (he was our guarantor at lease signup) and saying that we owe them 700 and something dollars for certain repairs and stuff!

First of all, my dad would freak out, so he doesn’t know.
One of the things that cost so much was replacing the carpet.
They stated they couldn’t get the “smoke” smell out of it.
However, we had it steam cleaned and deoderized, and they are also trying to charge us for that same exact thing, along with replacing the carpet! totally not fair. They charged us about 200 for a new paint job, but the paint was honestly fine!

Anyways, the time we needed to pay it back by is drawing near.
I don’t know what to do. I don’t have the money to pay for that, my parents don’t, I don’t have the money for court.

What happens if you don’t pay it?
I don’t want any of this to affect my father’s credit.

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    November 9, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Ok, there are few issues that need clarification. Did you lease state no smoking – if not there is no way on earth to charge you for related damage. On the other hand if is was no-smoking and you smoked – you are completely in the wrong and no court will side with you no matter what you did to clean the carpet.

    Painting – most land lords repaint before every new tenant. Normal wear is expected and this sounds fishy. In general there needs to be picture taken before you take occupancy and when you leave. Ideally the walk through is done together with the landlord prior to you leaving and ideally you should carry you video camera with you recording what is said.

    What happens if you do not pay – you will have it taken out of the security deposit – if you have any left over they can seek it in court, They can garnish wages and yes report unpaid bills on your credit report or sell the bill to a collection company. Best thing to do is dispute this in small claims court IF you check the lease terms and actually have a case.

    You would get better responses if you repost this in rentals and real estate are under business.

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    November 9, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    If your landlord is saying that having the rug professional cleaned removed the smoke smell, and you have evidence that you did exactly that, I don’t think they have a leg to stand on.

    And painting, unless there was major damage or stains on the wall, comes under “normal wear and tear.”

    He needs to provide receipts for everything, of course.

    If there is any court case, it will be the landlord who will pay for it (since he would be the one suing you). I’m not a legal expert, but in my opinion you would win your case.

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    November 9, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    First of all you need to tell your Dad. If it goes to court he will be the one that they will serve papers to…. then he will be really mad. And it will go on his credit.

    As he signed for you he might be able to attack before it gets to court. Since he signed the landlord will have zero interest in dealing with you. People also tend to listen when they hear a man’s voice on the other end of the phone.

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