There is no per se rule that carpet must be replaced after a tennat moves out. Whether this is reasonable and whether the tennant can be charged for the full cost of the replacement will depend on the age of the carpet and the condition it is in.
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Normally, the landlord replaces the carpet if it cannot be cleaned to almost new. The landlord is required to paint walls with marks or damage. All lights and applicances must work.
A good guide to landlord-tenant rights can be downloaded from the Fort Collins City website: http://www.fcgov.com/neighborhoodservices/landlord-tenant.php
Two things: 1) do not move in unless any promised repairs are done, or you have in writing, on the lease, that they are to be done by a certain date.
2) do not move in if the premises are not suitable to live in.
You can always complain about an unscrupulous landlord to the city or county in which the property is located.
Like many attorneys we will sit down and review your situation with you without charge.
Your best bet is to find a good lawyer who provides advice on this kind of issue on a regular basis and review your specific facts; the lawyer will be able to give you an analysis of the law and your options.
By the way, some attorneys sell "unbundled" or "limited" legal services where you pay for just what you need and can afford. For example, some attorneys will prepare letters for you to sign, legal documents, or sell the paperwork for the court filings; then you can proceed on your own, but knowing that your paperwork is correct and having a road map as to how to proceed. Or who will attend a hearing for a flat fee even if they are not handling the whole case. Neighborhood Law Office is such a firm.
At Neighborhood Law Office we never charge for an initial consultation, and at that meeting we can go through your specific facts and give you options. Please call us anytime for an appointment.
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