I have lived in a rental apartment complex for 2 years (Dec 2008 to Dec 2010) in
the city of Torrance, California, and gave a 1 month notice to the management office before moving out.
A security deposit of $ 950.00 was paid initially and another $ 75 refundable security for
using the gym.
After moving out, I get a letter from the management that I have to pay/owe $ 762
which includes a $590 for paiting and other repairs.
Do I have to pay for the painting after living in the apartment for 2 years ?
Now the landlord has notified a collection agency to squeeze the payment out of me.
Thank you!I have a few more questions pls and would appreciate it can take the time out to reply - 1) The collection agent I spoke to says if I lived in the apt for 3 years, I am not responsible for the painting charges etc. But from your post, I take it it's 2 years and not 3 ? Pls note that the walls have some crayons marking but not holes/damages other than the crayon marks. 2) I am supposed to pay the 762 $ to the collection agency in 2 days before this gets reported to the credit bureau. Do you recomment paying up now to avoid credit score damage and then pursuing a refund later ? 3) If so, what are my options to get a refund of the 762 $ ?