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How much does this cost me? I am a landlord in the state of
I am a landlord in the state of Virginia. I have Long and Foster as a property manager for my 2 story 3 bedroom 1 1/2 bath townhouse. Three years ago I had put new flooring in the kitchen, entry way and downstairs 1/2 bath and new carpet in 3 bedrooms, hallway and living room. Tenants moved in after the installation. Last summer I had someone go over to the property to power wash the outside of the property. They knocked on the door to let them know that he would be doing the work. He was met by a dog. I notified Long and Foster and they told me they had checked with the tenant, that someone was visiting and had a dog. A few months ago I had someone put a retaining wall around the flowerbed out front. He again knocked on the door and was met by a dog. Again I notified Long and Foster, the tenants told them they had no dog. The tenants lease was to expire the end of July and they wanted to renew. The tenants were paying tenants but I had told them I would only agree to renew if they were sure there was no dog. They decided to move. The agent who listed the rental property messaged me that she had agents complaining about the odor that the property needed to be deodorized. Long and Foster sent me a copy of the receipt that the carpet had been cleaned by the tenants. I argued with them that it was not just a dog odor but dog poop smell. I felt the tenants should be responsible for replacing the carpet. Long and Foster did not agree with me because the carpet to look at it was normal wear and tear for three years. I argued with Long and Foster that as far as I was concerned there was still damage to the carpet because of the smell and the fact that they were under a no pet lease agreement responsibility was on the tenant. Long and Foster agreed to have the carpet cleaned again using the tenants security deposit for payment. The carpet still smelled after the second cleaning. I had the windows opened for several days to air it out and used Arm and Hammer Pet eliminator for carpets. The smell seemed to have gone away. A gentleman had put in an application and I accepted him. He moved in this past Tuesday and today, Thursday he calls Long and Foster complaining about the dog smell. Long and Foster has already returned the tenants security deposit and they returned it a week before it was due back to the tenants. What can I do about this other than to just pay for the replacement of carpet myself and get a new property management? Does not seem fair. … read more
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Kimora Pope
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I have a house being managed by a company in Idaho. The
I have a house being managed by a company in Idaho. The carpet was replaced in 2015. The last tenants who have moved out apparently left urine stains from the dog they had. The pet deposit plus their … read more
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Am I able to keep any portion of their deposit? I don't have
Am I able to keep any portion of their deposit? I don't have time to replace the carpeting before the new tenant comes in. And I won't replace with carpeting anymore either due to this issue. If the n… read more
Sean Lopez
Sean Lopez
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I have a rental property and the following is part of the
I have a rental property and the following is part of the current (February 2019 move in) SIGNED lease agreement:PETS: NO animal, fowl, fish, reptile, and/or pet of any kind shall be kept on or about … read more
Kimora Pope
Kimora Pope
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We had a property rented out and the tenant moved out on
We had a property rented out and the tenant moved out on June 1st. The tenant before moving out got the carpets wet cleaned. and, we did a walk through when the carpet was still wet. We didn' get any … read more
Nate
Nate
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I have a rental property in Georgia. The current tenant
I have a rental property in Georgia. The current tenant signed rental agreement that requires a pet deposit (per pet) and a monthly pet fee (per pet). The rental agreement has the stipulation as to pe… read more
Isaac, Esq.
Isaac, Esq.
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40,854 satisfied customers
I was wondering if you were able to give me advice on a
Hi, my name is***** was wondering if you were able to give me advice on a landlord trying to get us to pay to replace the carpet. we owned a dog and he did pee and poop in the house when we weren't ho… read more
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Thelawman2
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We rented an apartment for about a year and a half. We paid
We rented an apartment for about a year and a half. We paid a $500 per deposit plus $30 a month to have the pets. The rent was already high and they raised it again plus made us start paying for water… read more
LegalGems
LegalGems
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I am a property manager in NC and am in a situation where a
I am a property manager in NC and am in a situation where a tenant moved out of a condo, and left it very clean, had the carpets cleaned, etc. The tenant did have a small older dog and she did pay the… read more
barristerinky
barristerinky
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My tenants and I did a walk-out. This was a non-smoking
My tenants and I did a walk-out. This was a non-smoking house, but there was a light cigarette smoke odor in one bedroom and in the laundry room as well (tenants smoked but outside of the house). One … read more
Lucy, Esq.
Lucy, Esq.
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I moved May 2015 and my landlord now claims rental unit is
I moved May 2015 and my landlord now claims rental unit is unrentable due to cigarette and pet urine odors, even though he has repainted and replaced carpet. I am willing to pay for repairs, but if he… read more
barristerinky
barristerinky
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I am a landlord in the state of Florida. A former tenant of
I am a landlord in the state of Florida. A former tenant of mine filed in Leon County at small claims court.. a suit to collect more of her security deposit of $1000. I returned around $500 due to dam… read more
barristerinky
barristerinky
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Hi, My tenants recently moved out of my property. They did
Hi, My tenants recently moved out of my property. They did not appear to the move-out walkthrough (said to be out of town) however when I came into the house there was a strong bad odor of pete feces/… read more
Lucy, Esq.
Lucy, Esq.
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I ended my rental contract with my tenants because I have a
I ended my rental contract with my tenants because I have a duplex and live upstairs and I was getting dog smell in my living area. After they moved out they did do some cleaning but the dog smell was… read more
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I used your service in December regarding the extension of
I used your service in December regarding the extension of a lease. Now, the lease has terminated and the question of a refund of security deposit has come up. Details: My girlfriend and I leased a ho… read more
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I live in VA and have rented an apartment for going on 7 years.
I live in VA and have rented an apartment for going on 7 years. I paid a security deposit of 200.00 a one time pet fee and a monthly pet rent. I have an older dog who urinated on the carpet over the l… read more
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I own a property that I have been renting out. The rental
I own a property that I have been renting out. The rental agreement specifically states, "no pets", to which the tenants completely understood. It was reported to me that upon moving out, the tenants … read more
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We are dealing with a landlord that says there is a strong
We are dealing with a landlord that says there is a strong pet smell in the house we rented from him. He has no carpets and the animals did not urinate or defecate in the house. He says he is waiting … read more
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