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Have they taken the security deposit or merely sent a bill?
Did you damage the carpeting and walls in excess of reasonable wear and tear?
Thank you for the additional information.
You only are liable to the landlord for damages caused by you. If the only damage when you moved out was reasonable wear and tear then you owe them nothing and they are trying to make you pay for their damage or their routine maintenance.
You do not have to pay just because they send an invoice. They would have to sue to force you to pay and then you can present your defense and sue them for failing to provide a code compliant premises for your rent. You can counterclaim for breach of the lease and a reurn of the rent that you paid them.
If you can sue for a nominal amount then do get a written and signed release. Otherwise, wait and see if they sue.
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Yes, that is one of the elements of the counterclaim I mentioned. They did not provide a code compliant habitable premises.
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