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I recently applied for an apartment and was subject to the

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I recently applied for an apartment and was subject to the usual background check on rental history. An item came back from an apartment I had rented 5 years ago. They said I owe them over $1400. in rent and late fees. This is not possible--the rent was $280 a month, on a month to month lease. All I had to do was tell them I wasn't renewing before the next month was due. I got married and left in June before the end of the month. They are charging for July and August, saying they had to clean the place twice, charging for a missing refrigerator drip pan, and "late fees". I don't see how all of that money is possible for "late fees." I wasn't ever notified of this. I cleaned before I left, including the carpet. It was 2 rooms and a bath. The new place I've applied to wants some kind of settlement with this old place before renting to me now. I don't see how I owe the old place anything; what should I do?
what should I do?

Informally you can contact the state consumer protection agency with helps with landlord and tenant disputes. You can also contact your local Better Business Bureau to see if they offer landlord-tenant disputes. In general, the landlord is to provide you with a written letter itemizing how they are entitled to such fees, keeping your deposit and for any cleaning etc... Of course you need to make sure they had your contact information to be able to send this letter. If they knew how to contact you but fail to send this letter, then they can forfeit asking for this, but his would require filing a suit against the former landlord disputing the amount. It would meaning having to file a lawsuit against the landlord disputing the amount, even if this occurred five years ago. So if you cannot resolve this informally through the BBB or State attorney generals office consumer affairs, then legally you would have to file a dispute in court and let the court decide.

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