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Can you tell me what state this is in?
How long did you live there and was the carpet new when you moved in?
Ok, how long did you live there?
Was there damage to the carpet during your tenancy?
Ok, there is no set schedule, but the general depreciable life that courts use for carpet is 5 years. So that means that it depreciates 20% a year and after 5 years it is fully depreciated.
So if it was brand new when you moved in, and you lived there a year and it was so damaged as to have to be replaced, the most they could charge you is 80% of the replacement cost.
But if you don't agree with any assessment and charges, then your recourse is to file a small claims court action based on a breach of contract claim for your deposit back and force them to prove that it was brand new and that it was so damaged as to have to be replaced.
As an aside, in addition to being an attorney, I have also been a landlord for over 26 years...