Moved in 8/8/15 and I moved out of my apt 6/6/18(the last day on my least). The apt complex wanted a 60 day notice to vacate so I turned in my notice on 3/1/18 with a forwarding address and phone number on how to reach me as required by my lease. I totally paid out my entire lease on 4/5/18. Fast forward to July 9, 2018 was the first of many phone calls to the leasing office asking for the status of my security deposit. It was clear to me that an inspection of the apt hadn't been done but verbally I didn't hear that. But I received every excuse in the book as to why it hasn't been sent but everything looked great. They just need to cut a check last week. Then comes today. We are charging you $600 for carpet replacement. We are keeping your deposit but just be glad we didn't put this on your credit and send you a bill. Also I was told they are not liable because they bought the previous company out and any repair request that didn't get done is not their problem. And if I would have renewed my lease then I could have had it cleaned for free. I received nothing in writing saying any of this. Also the apt has been "remodeled" and the carpet has been replaced with tile. Please advise.
So take them to small claims court over the money. Normal wear and tear is not something they can keep your deposit over, and if they remodeled and did away with the carpet anyway, then that could be seen as evidence in favor of your case. Keep all of your communications showing the statements like if you had stayed, they’d have just cleaned the carpet for free and not charged you.
I agree with Mrs. Seibert. This is unfortunately a fairly common scam from bad landlords/complexes. They assume people will just give up their deposit. File in small claims court and keep in mind that if they didn't return your deposit or an itemized list of damages within 30 days of move-out you can receive up to 3 times your deposit in fines under the South Carolina Landlord/Tenant Act.
Best of luck to you!
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