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You're bound by the terms of the agreement, and if they sunk in another week on your lease, and you didn't catch it, there's probably nothing you can do about it now.
You're not responsible for normal wear and tear items - such as batteries, light bulbs, small holes in the sheet rock, paint, etc. You are only responsible to pay for major damages like large holes in the sheet rock, ruined carpet, or other unusual damages. Legally, you're not required to do the things they've asked of you.
Thank you very much. I must admit, that even knowing they can't legally ask these things I'm a bit afraid not to comply. I fear they may retaliate by trying to keep deposit somehow. I know I could probably prevail in small claims court, but is it worth the hassle? I don't know..
I also forgot to ask about carpet shampooing. I was going to do it just to be nice, but they are demanding it. Is this something they can legally demand? Thank you, Jennifer
It's way cheaper to put new light bulbs and batteries in the smoke detectors and move on.
All they can require you to repair are things that are above normal wear and tear as described above.