So I was just looking thru more receipts for the price breakdown I gave you before. So the $600 for the "Smell away solutions" is broken down as "1000 sq ft-floors & walls floor-4 ft up. Shades, baseboard heaters and wall heaters. Really? 4 feet up they had to go? Then the one that really gets me is the unit cleaning for $309. All it says on the receipt is "House cleaning-4 hours 2 cleaners for $309". WHAT did she have cleaned that it took 2 people 4 hours to do? The entire house? That's a very generic term. This is not included in the carpet cleaning or deodorizing breakdown she gave us. That seems like it would be very arguable in court.
I'm also looking at the dates of the receipts. We moved out on Aug. 15 and she's got the "unit cleaning" receipt dated Sept 19...a full month after we moved yet she is still charging us that. She said in her latest letter that she has 14 days to get us the estimates and 30 days to get us the receipts, which she did. However we didn't receive those receipts with actual cost until around Sept 27.. Well beyond the 30 days. I also see that her original estimates were sent to us with a letter on Aug 29 but we didn't receive until Aug. 30 which would have been 15 days after we vacated, not the 14. Doe sit simply have to be dated within 14 days or do we need to receive it within 14 days?
The carpets were shown as being cleaned on 8/23, but the deodorizing wasn't until 9/10 and the unit cleaning on 9/19 and one for the smell away solutions doesn't even have a date! According to the neighbor, she had been well moved in by that date as well.
I found that the deposit needs to be postmarked within 14 days so nothing we can do there, but still it's just an estimate and we didn't receive actual receipts and cost until 6 weeks later. Is there a 30 days limit to getting the actual receipts?
One final thing, I think, then I'll let you go.
I am also looking at the original agreement that we signed which she sent back highlighted. It says regarding pets:-Tenant agrees to clean and and all messes made by their pets in or around premises. Pet feces not removed same day will be charged to tenant at $50 plus $10 per pile of feces.-All costs for flea treatment and deodorizing the unit are the responsiblity of the tenant.-Any damages caused by pets are the tenants responsibility-In the event that interior/exterior damages exceed the amount of security deposit tenant agrees to pay for those upon demand.Another part of the agreement she has highlighted states that the security deposit may be used by the owner as follows:-To apply against any expense to repair damages to the rented premises or to redecorate the premeises in the even wear and tear is excessive or abnormal.-To apply against the cost of cleaning the premises in the event that the tenant does not clean satisfactorily upon vacating premises. It is understood by all parties that SOIL is not "wear and tear" and that all carpets, drapes and blinds will be professionally cleaned and the tenant is responsible.So does this in any way negate the whole "only deodorizing the carpet for what it's capped value is" as you said earlier?
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