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Good afternoon. Did you leave the rent in the same condition as when you took possession, less normal wear and tear? Did the landlord state what exactly needed to be cleaned?
Thank you. Your legal obligation was to leave the rental in the same conditions as when you took possession, less normal wear and tear. If you did that, then there would be no basis for him to charge you for a cleaning fee, unless you agreed to it, prior to taking possession. Sometimes, a rental agreement and landlord will charge a tenant a cleaning fee when they vacate but if that was never agreed to, there would need to be a legal basis to charge you this and show the mess was caused by you and you failed to clean, prior to vacating. In a situation like this, you can ask for a break down of the cleaning fees and evidence to support it and then can decide if there is a good faith basis to pay it or even request it.
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