my husband & I recently moved out of a 4 yr rental to which we never signed a rental agreement. we have a 30 day notice the landlord agreed then decided he would like us to move out much sooner. we were prorated rent for this time & we paid that amount. after 2 months of being out we received a bill for over $1600 to include half a months rent. the bill is for materials and cost of labor. some of these charges being for regular landlord maintenance like repainting. what are my options? again no rental agreement was ever signed.
Did you leave the apartment in a vacant and broom clean condition? Was there significant damage to the apartment, or simply normal wear and tear? Was there ever any mention, verbal or otherwise, that you would be responsible for re-painting the walls upon your vacancy? If not, then it would presumably appear that you can rebut the charges.. as your contention is the landlord is seeking unjust enrichment, and deflecting normal, reasonable incurred maintenance charges.. associated with "prepping" an apartment for new renters...unfairly on to you. Good luck.
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You write back and detail your agreements about the pro rated rent and dispute the rest of the charges as you have stated. It is on him to pursue you for the balance owed. It may not be worth it to him. You should also consult a local landlord tenant attorney to ask about the default laws that will apply to your situation.
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