We recently moved out of our apartment to a new apartment complex within the same town few miles away. Though we made sure the apartment was left clean, we did not vaccum clean it. There were no stains/spots on carpet except in entrance area of apartment. These minor spots were due to movers moving out stuff when we moved out. Other than that there was a small (approx 1cm in size) black ink spot in our bedroom closet (not the bedroom itself). All of these could be easily cleaned, if at all required by a professional cleaner. As we maintained our apartment pretty clean all during our stay we didn't get professional cleaners to make it squeaky clean. After we left, the landlord replaced the carpet without informing us and sent us the bill for carpet replacement and notice of intent to use the security deposit towards partial payment of the charges. I sent back an objection letter to witholding the security deposit and also objected to the carpet charges. If there was a problem the landlord could have informed us and we could have taken care of it using professional cleaners. Now the landlord says they called professional cleaners and they couldn't clean the spots. And on his suggestion replaced the carpet. When i objected to the charges, the landlord sent us two photos of the entrance area spots and the small black spot in the closet as proof. Their maintenance guy says that all apartment carpet was dirty and regions where furniture was placed has different color than other areas. So they changed the carpet. But they don't have any other pictures to show as evidence, just the two pictures mentioned above. Isn't this normal wear and tear of the carpet and once professionals clean it, it should look normal again. Also shouldn't the landlord inform us about the problem and ask us to correct it . Since we didn't see any such problem we didn't even bother about these small trivial spots which were certainly not so much as to warrant carpet replacement. Moreover we also observed that whenever a neighboring tenant left the apartment, the landlord replaced the carpet (as we saw carpet guys taking it out). So this seems to be more of a norm for this landlord to change carpets at will and bill the ex-tenant for it. My question to the legal gurus is to please advise us what we should do in this case as we feel cheated and these charges are not justified.