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Old 09-29-2011, 06:58 AM
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Hi everyone,

I just wanted to get some input and see whether or not this case should be pursued in court. The landlord stiffed my wife and I $200 for "light floor cleaning."

We figured this would happen so took photos and videos of everything. Unfortunately, the floor is the LAST thing I figured they would cheat us on. I have photos/videos of the floor, however, they probably aren't the clearest shots. When I called and argued with one of the staff, she asked if we cleaned under the oven/fridge and I hesitated cause I wasn't sure, but I looked at the move out cleaning checklist they provided and neither of those items are even on there! They're obviously trying to stiff us.

We know this landlord is cheating us because earlier this spring we reported the property manager (responsible for making security deposit deductions) for grabbing my wife's wrist to the police and this company. Unfortunately, she didn't tell me until a week after and the bruise was gone, so we have no real case. The property manager harassed in other ways (BS eviction notices). Now, the company itself won't do anything about this security deposit deduction even though I explained what is happening. We also had about $1000 of medical bills go into collections as a result.

What can I do here? Is there any sense in going to court for this case?
Thanks all for your input.
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Old 09-29-2011, 03:21 PM
Location: Wisconsin
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Your only real choice is small claims court, assuming you have that in your county. If you do, find out what the court fee is. It may not be worth the time and trouble.
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Old 09-30-2011, 07:43 AM
Location: Waukesha
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Threaten to take them to court unless they are willing to negotiate with you. Say I will pay $50, but if you do not I will file a grievence with the city and talk to a lawyer. Happened to my wife before we were married and it worked.
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:41 PM
Location: livin the dream
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get a copy of the wisconsin way hand book. A landlord can not charge for normal wear and tear, clearly stated in the handbook.

The hand book is for landlords and tenants
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:14 PM
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Here's your solution....no court...one phone call...

Call the Wisconsin Real Estate Commision.

It happened to me also. The scumbag landlord had to pay me double and also got a State Record out of the deal. Talk about justice. I had my money back in under 3 weeks.
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:56 PM
Location: Ladysmith,Wisconsin
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When my wifes Grandma passed away her landlord was being a pain in (__!__) also. Cleaned house steam cleaned carpet and the landlord said not pay back security deposit because dust on a ceiling fan, said walls were not clean enough and wear in carpet. The lady lived there 12 years. Then she also wanted them to pay more money as the lease was 3 months from being over and she did not give notice and would take that long to find a renter. They contacted a lawyer he called landlady said her lease was a bunch of BS and no rent would be paid.. They never did fight her over security deposit though as was only 250.00 and cost more in court than worth.
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