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Thank you for the information and your question. No, it is not true. The burden is on the landlord to prove that you caused damages that go above and beyond normal wear and tear. If they did not do a walk through with you when you moved out and noted any problems, they will have almost no chance of success in pursuing a claim for the clean up or painting. You are also correct that it is not the tenant's responsibility to pay for cleaning and painting as long as the reason for it is not damage or something above normal wear and tear. Otherwise, it is just the cost of doing business for the landlord.
You are in a unique position though since they are not withholding your security deposit, which would actually be easier if they were since you could file suit in small claims court for the return of the deposit. In this case, they sent you a bill. They would have to sue you in order to have a judgement to execute, at which time you would have the defense I mentioned. They might try to send this to a collection agency, but the debt is still just an allegation unless reduced to judgment. If they do that, then you might want to go to a local attorney and have them write the collection people a letter discussing the law and your position about the issue.
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Hello again. Yes they can try to collect from her, but she has the same defenses as you do. In other words, if you don't owe the money, your guarantor doesn't either.
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