We vacated a rental home 6/6, giving back the keys on that date after cleaning significantly and thoroughly. There were damages we were unable to repair, and did not expect to get our deposit back. The lease ended 7/4. The landlord contacted us in early August to give us a list of damages. We asked for it to be sent by email because we did not want to see them in person. She declined. My husband asked them to bring it by his business. This went on for a month, and she never came. A certified letter stating we would not receive our deposit back and listing expenses in excess of $15,000 came by mail yesterday. The listing included some items that were wear-and-tear, some that were valid and some absurd. It did not demand any money or suggest any contact. It has been 89 days since the lease terminated, and 117 days since we vacated. We are scared this may be a precursor to a suit. What is our legal standing?
This is a Landlord and Tenant issue. I have changed the practice area for you so you can get better answers. Leases are contracts. Therefore there may be a long period of time during which the lanlord could sue you. I hope you took pictures.
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The landlord is likely only limited by the applicable statute of limitations, which can be as long as 10 years. If the landlord sues you or tries to open settlement negotiations, hire a lawyer.
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The landlord would be suing on the lease contract. The statute of limitations for suing on a contract is 5 years if the contract is oral and 10 years if the contract is written. So depending on whether your lease was oral or written, that his how long the landlord has to bring his claim.
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