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Unread 01-03-2012, 02:15 PM
 
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Default Rental carpet question.

I've stayed in a rental spot for four years. The carpet in the living room is quite dirty and started coming up at the entrance to the kitchen just from walking back and forth. I plan on moving out soon and was wondering if I should expect the rental company to keep my deposit or if there was a certain time period of renting that they had to replace the carpet.
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Unread 01-03-2012, 05:05 PM
 
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Be a good renter and pay for carpet cleaning. There is wear and tear, but neglect will get you your deposit kept.
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Unread 01-03-2012, 06:03 PM
 
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Be a good renter and pay for carpet cleaning. There is wear and tear, but neglect will get you your deposit kept.
However, cleaning the carpet may not help get the deposit back. When I was renting, I always assumed I was going to get screwed out of my deposit -- no matter what I did. The landlords know it isn't worth it to take them to small claims. So they make up a laundry list of "damage" and keep the deposit.
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Unread 01-03-2012, 06:23 PM
 
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So they make up a laundry list of "damage" and keep the deposit.
It's a downright shame that there are so many unscrupulous people in this world, just think for a moment how beautiful life would be if we all treated each other like brothers and sisters. Honesty pays dividends that extend far beyond a personal savings account.

Hope I didn't stray "off topic".

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Unread 01-03-2012, 06:49 PM
 
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It's true. Most landlords will cheat you.
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Unread 01-03-2012, 07:18 PM
 
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That's why it's best to pay for a good cleaning. The area where it's coming up might be really cheap to repair, if you can find a carpet installer who will do a quick repair as a side job.
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Unread 01-03-2012, 08:29 PM
 
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Not sure how your rental agreement is written, but many agreements state that the renter should clean the carpets yearly. This ensures the carpet is kept as clean as possible instead of letting the carpet get dirty for several years.

I'd double check your agreement and see if something like that is in there ... if it is, and you haven't been cleaning the carpet yearly, then I'd say your deposit is as good as gone.
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Unread 01-04-2012, 03:19 AM
 
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Do they always keep the whole deposit? Let's say the "Damages" are $400 dollars and the deposit was $1000.
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Unread 01-04-2012, 06:28 AM
 
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Do they always keep the whole deposit? Let's say the "Damages" are $400 dollars and the deposit was $1000.
I would say no, not always, but if you as the landlord are starting out looking at really dirty carpet that the tenant has not kept clean (particularly if the lease says it's their responsibility to do so, but we don't know that at this point) a lot of landlords will start looking at everything else they could possibly call more than normal wear and tear.
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Unread 01-04-2012, 08:48 AM
 
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Do they always keep the whole deposit? Let's say the "Damages" are $400 dollars and the deposit was $1000.
If your landlord is anything like the landlords I've had, he or she will find another $600, even if it doesn't exist.

Plan on your deposit being forfeit, and then be pleasantly surprised if you get any of it back.
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