When I had a house fire my insurance company found a condo to lease for me to live in while the home was rebuilt or replaced. It was a short term lease and we ended up being there about 5 months total. We gave a $1250 security deposit and paid an extra $50 for having pets ( 2 cats) the pets were not a problem but I have 2 small children and the dining room was carpeted and got pretty dirty from spills and such. I did my best to keep it clean but it is definitely a bit soiled. I have no problem paying for that room to be steam cleaned which I know would take care of the spots. but the landlord is talking about just replacing the carpet and I'm worried he is going to try to charge me for it.
Now I must say that if this carpet were in good condition and as a result of my staying there the carpet went from good to poor then I would feel it fair to pay to replace it BUT this carpet was on it's last life before I moved in, I definitely made mention of stains and parts where the seams were ripped up when I moved in on my checklist. The landlord also told me he was going to have them cleaned before I moved in which never happened so needless to say I was living with pretty nasty carpet from day 1.
I even made friends with the old tennents who said that the carpet was falling apart when they lived there too and that they got the same story about their intention to replace or clean it. So thats a good thing that I have their reference to fall back on.
I guess I just don't think it's fair that I should be stuck with the bill to replace it when it was desperately needing replacement already. He hasn't tried to bill me yet or anything but I am worried about the possibility because I've heard horror stories and I want to know if I have any rights or ground to fight if he does. That security deposit was taken from my contents settlement so I need that money to replace the stuff I lost so it's sort of a big deal to me that he doesn't try to stick me with the cost of something that should have been done a long time ago.
If you had pictures, that would be helpful! You may end up going to court about it and you could have the previous tenants testify in your behalf.
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