I lived in an apartment complex for 7 months. When we entered the apartment it was a last minute search. When we moved in we wrote on the observation sheet that was provided that there were terrible stains on the carpet, small holes (probably from picture hung), stains on the walls, the whole apartment smelt of smoke. We didn't view it before we moved in but we told ourselves it'll only be for a few months. We paid a $199 deposit and understood it was non-refundable. When we moved out we cleaned it thoroughly and left without taking pictures or having evidence of the conditions in which the apartment was in upon moving out and in. We now have been sent this bill of cleaning fees for the problems we listed. How do I fight it?
It's very good that you documented these issues on your move-in inspection. Did the landlord send you a notice stating how your deposit was used? There isn't much you can do to prevent the landlord from pushing the issue, but if they take any legal action (including reporting on your credit) it's time for you to fight back.
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