Can my landlord make me pay for renovations? I did not know she was going to do them
4 attorney answers
No! Voluntary improvements to the unit are the responsibility of the landlord. For $3,000, you and your roommate ought to have a lawyer write a letter to the landlord firmly stating your position.
Tenants are only responsible for damage that they cause, above and beyond ordinary wear and tear. Landlords cannot foist the costs of upgrading the property on to tenants. If a court had to decide the question whether you owed the money, the following things would be relevant:
1. What was the condition of the shower when you moved in?
2. Did you actually cause any damage?
3. Did any damage your caused actually require the renovation that was done?