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The timing on when the work was done is irrelevant. However, the landlord's description of the work that was done is insufficient ("to clean up after you guys"). You must dispute this billing and invoice quickly if you plan to do so, but keep in mind it will be limited to those insufficiently documented charges.
But couldn't we argue that we moved out over a month prior and all this work that she is being so vague about was done becasue of her mess, not ours?
If I read your post correctly, she sent you an itemized estimate within the appropriate time, is that correct?
Also she charged us $600 to clean and deodorize the house due to cat urine. The house is 70 years old and the carpet was not new when we moved in so can she really charge that much? I thought the charge would be capped at how old the carpet was, not simply because it needed to be cleaned?
Yes she sent an itemized estimate on day 14 and we didn't receive it until day 15 but it was well over a month before we got an actual cost. The itemized list still gave no info on the WHY behind each charge.
I am not able to assist you with itemized charges (meaning I cannot tell you if the $600 is excessive), what I can tell you is that the carpet cleaning is not based on the age of the carpet, but on the cost to return the carpet to a state it was previously (if there was no cat urine on the carpet before you moved in, the landlord has a right to clean the unit so there is no cat urine afterwards). Regarding the pricing, the price should only be the actual cost for the cleaning service and no more.
As I said before though she had this $309 cleaning done a month after we moved out. Can she wait that long and still prove the work was done because of something we did? She would also need to provide an itemized breakdown on what the 2 cleaners for 4 hours did right? I mean I looked up the package she used online and they say they clean as much as they can in 4 hours which even includes wiping down appliances!
Their cleaning must be related to the itemized list that you were given when you left the unit. It appears that it was not itemized as "cleaning up after you guys" is not an itemization.
We didn't do a walk through with her either as we were fed up with her so will that count against us?
No it does not count against you. The only real issue you seem to have (I am just referring to legal causes of action or defenses that appear based on your post, I do not have all of the information), is that there was a failure to itemize some of the charges in the initial statement. This failure gives you a defense to collection efforts by her, and/or, an affirmative cause of action to demand return of whatever portion of your security deposit she still has that she applied towards these services.
I am still confused as whether an estimate in 14 days is still as good as an actual cost within 14 days? And also with her not even having someone clean until a month after we've moved out and she has moved back in. Can she have it cleaned that far out after we've moved and still claim we were the ones who caused the mess? She also had another cleaning bill for 4 weeks after we moved out.
We are in WA state if that helps
Please give me a moment to review the specific statute, I will get right back to you.
The landlord is only required to give "a full and specific statement" plus return any security deposit funds that are not being claimed (http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=59.18.280) meaning that the notice you received would be deemed sufficient as the landlord is claiming excess funds
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