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Customer: I am not sure if i should consult a lawyer for this issue or not but i used to live in the community for 2 years with an occupant. I moved out early and found another occupant in my place. Now since the lease is over. The leasing office charged me for unfaur stuff like carper replacement and refridgerator replace amount for $800.
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?
Customer: North Carolina
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: No i am not sure if this is something to take it to the lawyer
JA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?
Customer: but i have no way to talk to the leasing ofc they are hanging up my call
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I am sorry to hear about this situation. After a tenant moves out, the landlord can apply the lease towards:

-unpaid rent, or

-damages to property beyond normal wear and tear.

Now, the withholding of part/all of the deposit for damages (which it sounds like this was) is deemed proper unless challenged by tenant in small claims court. So, it is up to you to file a small claims court complaint and then the Judge will determine if:

-the damage cited really was that beyond normal wear and tear, and

-if the withholding was reasonable.

See HERE.

Good luck.

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