I was driving a UHaul to move into my new building. I didn't check the height of the truck. I tried to go into the parking garage after security said that it was ok to do so and then I knocked off a metal beam before the entrance to the garage. The top of the garage was fine. They just needed to fix the beam. Security told me it should be no big deal and that maintenance may even do it for free. Just a few hours later the bar was already up again and it was not even replaced. Later, I get a $500 for the damages from the complex who were charged by the maintenance company. It doesn't list any breakdown of the charges. I feel this isn't legally binding unless they tell me the specific labor and supply price for everything rather than a total charge. They could have just said it was $20,000 if they don't have to breakdown their costs.
A person can always challenge a bill. Ask them for the details. The questions will be whether, if they don't have or don't want to give you a breakdown, it would be worth (1) the time and effort needed to challenge the $500 legally; and (2) the possible bad relations with a place you just moved into by suing them right off the bat over a few dollars related to damage that you caused by being negligent.
Please note: This answer is not intended and should not be considered as legal advice. Such professional advice requires full disclosure to an attorney of a client’s circumstances and that attorney’s opportunity to analyze those circumstances against applicable law.
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