U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Virginia > Northern Virginia
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Old 07-31-2014, 09:36 AM
12 posts, read 62,723 times
Reputation: 16


So I have been fixing up the place where we moved out of recently after living there for 4 years, with rent paid on time each month, but I had a few questions, because the landlord's realtor has been doing quite a bit of nitpicking. I haven't heard from the landlords yet, but I wanted to be prepared in all kinds of scenarios. Would really appreciate any advice on here -

I removed the crayon marks on the walls by cleaning the walls, and also painting some of the walls in colors that I got from the landlord. Some paint touched the ceiling in a few places, and the realtor was like they will have to paint the ceiling, and the trim, and maybe touch up the walls too. I wanted to ask - are we liable to pay for the painting again?? I already removed the marks, that qualified for damage to the walls, and there are no marks on the walls now.

I got the carpet cleaned by professional cleaners, but like I mentioned in a previous thread, the carpet is 10 years old and has gone through wear and tear. The landlord said they'll have to get it cleaned again. According to the lease, we have to get it cleaned once and give them the receipt, which we did. Are we liable to pay, if they get it cleaned again, and say that it wasn't done properly the first time? I can't believe they're trying to clean a 10 year old builder-provided carpet, instead of replacing it.

The gas stove has scratches towards the top, near the clock/timer, where this one cleaning person we hired used abrasive scrubbers to clean, and scratched and removed the black paint. Now will we have to pay for a brand new gas stove too?? The realtor was like, the stove is scratched, and the landlords won't like that..

Is there anyone I can contact who can represent us, or talk on our behalf to the landlords, in case any issues arise? How much would an attorney typically charge? I don't want to spend more money on this damn rental.

Thanks for any advice and tips!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Old 08-03-2014, 03:29 PM
3 posts, read 3,397 times
Reputation: 15
If you live in Fairfax County, you could go to their information site regarding tenant and landlord issues.

Tenant-Landlord*- Fairfax County, Virginia

If you don't live in Fairfax County, then your city/county probably has a similar site.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-04-2014, 06:20 AM
143 posts, read 346,428 times
Reputation: 162
Not sure why you think paying your rent on time is some type of plus? That is expected.

Touching wall paint to the ceiling requires the ceiling to be painted, next time tape off the area.

The carpet should be considered at the end of it's useful life, so not sure about that.

The stove was damaged. It doesn't matter if you did it or your cleaning person, you were responsible.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply

Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Virginia > Northern Virginia
View detailed profiles of:
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:48 PM.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top