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We're extremely stressed and worried about this situation
We're extremely stressed and worried about this situation and really need some legal advice on what we should do since this is now just barely outside the scope of small claims court, I believe.I've tried to keep things concise below, but the gist is that our landlord was really evasive, abusive, and manipulative during our move:He verbally told us he was selling our apartment on July 30th and that we should begin looking for other housing, he never presented us a proper 60 day move-out notice, instead he gave us a 30-day move out notice (which appeared as a from Tenant to Landlord document) and verbally threatened to kick us out earlier when I brought up concerns about the document not being the legally necessary 60 days (because we had lived there for a year and 4 months past our 12 month lease,) and not correctly showing that he was requesting we move, not the other way around. We agreed both verbally and over text that we would move out on the 31st of August, and I asked if he had any other properties we could fill - he said no.He verbally and over text refused our multiple requests for an itemized pre move-out inspection (which I believe we were entitled to under law) and threatened again to either kick us out early (with a 3 day notice) or to charge us for extra days of rent because the document he made us sign indicated August 28th as the last day, not our agreed August 31st. I was able to convince him to stop by for an "inspection" on the 25th of August but he again refused to write down anything or provide us with an itemized list, and instead went through the apartment with us and informally pointed out items he wanted repaired. We frequently asked about a number of damages that had existed prior to our move in, he verbally confirmed we did not need to address those issues. (Including appliance wear and tear, tears in window screens, and damaged/incorrectly installed wood flooring on the first floor, etc)Once we had taken personal notes on items he said we ought to repair (which included a full house painting despite bathrooms/closets/kitchen being in great like-new condition, complete carpet replacement despite only one part of the house having stains, and repair to wooden flooring on the ground level despite being scratched and improperly installed prior to our move-in,) we reached out to contractors and gathered estimates, but no one was available on such short notice to execute any service, so we forwarded quotes for all the services he desired, even though I frequently stated that I thought we were not legally obligated to perform all the repairs he was requesting.When we finally met up to deliver keys/do a move out inspection on September 2nd, he was completely different: he went through the house claiming everything he could find including ALL of the items he had verbally confirmed with us earlier were not our responsibility. He did not provide an itemized list. He texted me on September 5th saying he was planning on hiring my referred painter, and after clarifying costs between the two of them, he asked me to write a check to pay the painter with my own money. I said I could not afford to do that, and again disagreed that we needed to repaint the whole house, but said that he could take part of it from our $4500 deposit if need be. He texted me saying he didn't think our deposit would cover all our costs, which I pointed out was not true if he used reasonably priced items and service comparable to what was done prior to our move in, and noted that even a complete repaint, recarpeting, and cleaning (which I did not think we were obliged to do under law) would be less than our deposit if he used the contractors and cleaning crew I had referred to him. I offered to continue helping him find reasonably priced crew/supplies despite how manipulative he had been during the whole ordeal. On Friday, September 21st, we received a FedEx delivery confirmed letter from him requesting $7065 of additional m … read more
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