My wife and i have been renting a house for over six years and recently decided to purchase our own home. We had a $750 security deposit. Weve had no late payments and no issues with the landlords. We left the house in great condition except for a few portions of the carpet. There is some staining in the the living room from general foot traffic. The other issue is two big tears and some wear in the carpet of the main hallway. We got a dog three years ago and began paying $50 extra a month. They are blaming the dog for the wear and tears in the carpet. Does the over $1800 weve paid in dog rent cover this? I also know that carpet is expected to have normal wear and tear and be replaced at some point over a certain number of years by a landlord. It is a single family house. Any info would be appreciated. Thank you!
Your extra rent was not an extra security deposit. The landlord can legally withhold damage to the carpet you caused beyond ordinary wear and tear.
Pursuant to statute, a landlord may not withhold any amount from a security deposit for normal wear and tear. Determining what is and what isn't normal wear and tear is the complicated part and depends on the circumstances of each case. Generally, pet fees are consideration for permitting pets to live in the apartment. That's how many pet addenda seem to be phrased. A separate issue to consider is whether your landlord complied with the statutory requirements for returning security deposits. A landlord has 21 days after the lease terminates if the tenant leaves on the termination date to deliver or mail to the tenant the security deposit less any amounts that may be legally withheld.
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