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August 28th, 2008


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04:58 pm - Dealing with landlord scum
So, we have been waiting to get our security deposit from the apartment we moved out of at the end of July. The letter just arrived and not only aren't we getting it back, they are charging us an additional $280 (which we are not about to pay). The costs they list include a perfectly reasonable $55 for removing nails from the wall, and a truly vast sum of money for replacing the carpets - the carpets that we have on record as being badly stained and generally in fairly ratty shape when we moved in. It's definitely time to take these creeps to small claims court.

(Edit) Here's Becca's post about this, which is both angrier and more detailed than mine. The fact that she is an expert with all financial matters is a vast help. What's interesting about the landlord's letter is that it describes the minor charges (removing nails from the wall) in clear English with extensive details, while the section talking about the major charges are couched in extensive and vague legalese, IOW, basic confusion & intimidation tactics.
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From:innowen
Date:August 29th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
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wow... that's so incredibly lame. stopped by the old place today (had to get books from the kids upstairs) and i see that they've already put up a rental sign for your place.

i wish you all lots of luck with this and i hope you don't get screwed more.
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From:kitten_goddess
Date:August 29th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
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Congraulations on getting rid of a truly scummy landlord. Sorry you have to see his slimy ass at least one more time.
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From:earlofstomp
Date:August 29th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
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Wow, here in TX, carpet replace emnt cannot be chaged for unless there is proof of pet dammage!! Go for the justice mate!
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From:heron61
Date:August 29th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
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Given that we still have our lease (from 2004) which states that the carpets in almost every room were stained when we moved in, I'm fairly certain we can make this go away and get at least some of our money back.
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From:earlofstomp
Date:August 29th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
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also check you state atty general's website for renters rights. Never hurts to educate yourself.
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From:heron61
Date:August 29th, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
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Sadly, the renters rights are damn few in Oregon (yet more insane West Coast/West property rights nonsense), but having a partner who is exceptionally skilled with such matters and does in fact do financial calculations of a very similar sort for a living is a truly vast help.
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From:antayla
Date:August 29th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
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I don't think they've got a case if you've been there four years.
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From:heron61
Date:August 29th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
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Especially not since the original lease from November 2004 clearly states that they say that the carpets are stained and has both burns and holes when we moved in. Given that all we did was leave the carpets slightly dirty (not that you could tell on much of it), they have no case.
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From:helen99
Date:August 29th, 2008 12:13 pm (UTC)

Three words summed it up pretty well...

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Small claims court.

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