I went away for Christmas and when I came back my landlord had replaced the shower. She told me and my roommate we each owed her $1500 for renovations. We have only lived here 2 months and she never told us she was going to renovate? She said we had to pay for it because we never wiped down the tile after taking a shower. She did not replace anything else in the bathroom
Read the Lease. It is usually the case that renovations are the responsibility of the Landlord. Your Lease may say something else, or not.
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?
Landlord cannot force you to do anything.
Further it is VERY unlikely you would be responsible for renovations of a shower.
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.
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