Can we be charged hundreds of dollars for the carpet replacement and painting of our former apartment after renting for 3 years?

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Can we be charged hundreds of dollars for the carpet replacement and painting of our former apartment after renting for 3 years?

Asked on November 17, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Arizona

Answers:

Anne Brady / Law Office of Anne Brady

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

According to the law in Arizona, the landlord can deduct from the security deposit for the amount of damages which the landlord has suffered dur to tenant's damaging of the rental unit.  If you so damaged (stained, tore, etc...) the carpet that it needed to be replaced, you can be charged for that.  If you so damaged the walls (i.e. drew on them) that they needed painted, then you can be charged for that.  But you can not be charged for normal wear and tear.


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