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I am sorry for this dilemma. But not sure I understand your specific question. You had a lease that required you to pay sewer and garbage and you never paid either? Is that correct?
Thanks...so what is the question? Are you asking if they can force you to comply with the terms of the lease you signed?
ThanksSo you believe they "held" these bills, waiting to be able to recover the money from your deposit?
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I suggest you take them to court to challenge the withholding from the security deposit. The fact that there were services listed in the lease that you never used such as the garbage, and therefor were not billed would mean that under the circumstances you reasonably believed you had paid all the bills for services that you received. Although they would have a claim for amounts you owed, even though they mistakenly failed to bill you. However, they would have the obligation to demonstrate that your unit was the only unit on the sewage bill, which I suspect may not be the case. If there sewage bill covers more than your unit, you would only be responsible for your fair share of the bill. You can go to the landlord tenant court without an attorney to challenge the amount they charged you and I recommend that you do so.
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