View Full Version : SS: Landlord is screwing us on security deposit
10-20-2003, 03:04 AM
My roommates and I are getting screwed on our security deposit on the apartment we just moved out of. It was pretty damn clean when we moved out, and I have pictures even ( http://www.ews.uiuc.edu/~rbanerje/apartment ), but they charged us $375 for cleaning fees, $170 for carpet cleaning, and $50 for a botched lock change that is their fault. They complain about everything from the countertop (clean) to the microwave to the oven, and went so far as to say the apartment was "a trashed unit". That's almost $600 from poor college students.
2 of my room mates are super-lazy, and don't want to fight with the landlord, and my other room mate works in Prague now and won't do anything. This sucks, a lot. I don't want to go to court with these f*ckers.
10-20-2003, 03:33 AM
call your city's rental control, tell them what happened, see what they say.
Dunno man, but those pictures show a pretty dirty apartment to me....dunno if this is normal there though. Try to fight it alone, it's worth a chance. Throwing at $600 is stupid.
10-20-2003, 07:30 AM
Heads up on the security deposit:
I'm not sure what state you reside in so the law may be different..
We own quite a few properties and this is what I can tell you (if you are in NYS)..it is illegal for a landlord to charge a former tenant for cleaning services/rug shampooing etc..because it is considered everyday wear and tear..it is also required that landlords PAINT each apartment between tenants-did they put on fresh paint before you and your pals moved in? If there are carpets that a landlord is heavily concerned over-then they should have taken the initiative to have the rugs in the apt. cleaned on a periodic basis while you lived there-did you ever ask? Keeping the security deposit means there are holes in the walls/broken windows/fridge's with the shelves all busted/ ...anything that's ABOVE EVERYDAY WEAR AND TEAR..your pictures look ok to me-actually it looks as if the place wasn't the greatest when you moved in..did you have a lease? Anything specific in there about fixing things? Did you do a walk through with the landlord and point out things that needed to be fixed before you moved in? I say take him to small claims court for your portion of the security deposit-it costs about 5 bucks to do it and the worse that can happen is that you will loose.
10-20-2003, 10:29 AM
are you a student at UIUC? if so, your school probably has either a student housing clinic or a general student legal services clinic that will provide you with free legal advice.
talk to them, asap. laws vary from state to state, but like obby pointed out, in most areas, landlords are not allowed to charge you for normal wear and tear.
the house looks like a classic student ghetto house (landlord doesn't keep it up and charges high rents, just because he can). landlords like that are notorious for putting huge charges against the security deposit that are unjustified and even if they were justified, are double the market value or more. that sounds like what your landlord is doing.
it's good you have pics of when you moved out -- what would be even better is if you have pics of when you moved in, or at least a written condition description. take a copy of your lease, your pics (if you have hard copies of them), a copy of your "condition description", a copy of the letter regarding your security deposit, and any other documentation you have, and go to your school's appropriate legal assistance office NOW (there are often pretty strict time periods within which you must file disputes regarding security deposits).
they can help you -- in many cases, they can just draft a nasty letter and get the problem taken care of.
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