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Old 03-29-2010, 01:01 AM
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We have been renting a place for 13 years in Los Angeles County. The city inspector came by and wrote that the carpet needed to be changed. The landlord charged us for the replacing of the carpet citing that we damaged the carpet by using Glade fresher. When you would walk on the carpet you could feel it was raised and it was due to the freshener. Do I have to pay full for the replacement of the carpet?
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:36 AM
Location: Censorshipville...
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As I understand it, carpet has a useful life of about 5-7yrs. If you've been in there for 13yrs, then that carpet has more than met it's useful life and needs to be replaced on the LL's dime. Now if the LL just installed the carpet when you moved in, and you've only been there 2yrs, then I'd expect you to pay a portion of the carpet replacement.

I'm an amateur LL so feel free to request a refund for what you paid for my advice
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:57 AM
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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oneasterisk is correct and his fee is payable in full. As for the carpet, the LL is liable to replace the carpet. It is a standard in rentals that 5 to 7 years is the useful life. You took care of lower grade carpet (apartments typically have less than the best carpet). The LL is lucky the carpet lasted 13 years and should realize that having a long term tenant who cares for things saves him/her money. The LL is responsible to change the carpet, not you. Your liability is zero percent of wear and tear.
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Old 03-29-2010, 10:19 AM
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13 years is carpet living in over time......so the LL saved a lot of money and now has to pay for new carpet...not you.
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Old 03-29-2010, 05:54 PM
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Thank you very much for everyone's responses. The landlord sent me a letter stating that it was my fault the carpet needed to be changed and that I was to refund the bill in full. He called screaming that it was my fault and that I will pay for it. I told him that it is normal wear and tear and that he had to replace it. He screamed at me stating that NO it is not HIS responsibility and to pay and hung up the phone. Should I send a letter, call the city, or the inspector? Thanks in advance. The landlord has left my whole family in panic with his screaming and showing up at the door. Due to this we are planning to move and don't want him to take this out of our deposit if we do.
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:35 PM
Location: NJ
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That sucks. Sounds like you are going to have a battle on your hands to get your deposit back.
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:22 PM
Location: 39 20' 59"N / 75 30' 53"W
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You didn't say why the city inspector came to your apartment, is that normal procedure for them to inspect, is this a move-out?

He can bill you, he can take you to small claims court, but he wont win. If he keeps the SD for this reason, you write him a letter in response stating the liability for the carpet is his, show that you are aware of landlord/tenant law, request he refund the money, give him time to respond, take him to small claims court if he refuses.

If he continues to alarm your family at the door over the carpet issue, he's violating state landlord/tenant laws as well as harassment, call the police and file charges.
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:56 PM
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The city inspector comes by every 3-5 years, since this is a rent control unit. Thank you everyone for your responses
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Old 04-02-2010, 01:44 PM
Location: San Antonio
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Oh hell no he wont win in a small claims court! They'd laugh him out of the door!
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Old 11-07-2010, 01:38 AM
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I find it INEXCUSABLE that tenants are required to pay for the replacement of carpeting in a rental. IT is the cost of doing business. Not to mention a violation of health laws, that the Landlord would refuse to replace the carpeting and simply give it a "good" cleaning. I mean with all the diseases that people have - moving into a new place with old diseased carpeting SHOULD be illegeal. I can assure you if my LL charges me to replace the carpeting after having lived here for 3.5 years , blood will spill.
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