I moved out of my rental on Feb. 28th. While I was taking a load of my stuff to storage before I handed in my keys on that day, I caught my landlord going through the house. At the time he said the house looked great. Now fast forward to today (April 16) when I get a letter from an attorneys office asking me to pay a debt to my ex-landlord. This debt totaled $1574.18 minus my security deposit of $650 equaling $924.18. These charges include new carpeting (that per my lease states I had to have cleaned, which I paid for, as its a charge on this list), new doors (one I had replaced the week after I moved), damaged siding, etc. Do I need to hire an attorney and fight this or is there nothing I can do?
Landlord-tenant law is governed mostly by state laws, and covers issues like security deposit limits and deadlines, evictions, and the right to withhold rent.