Does a landlord have the right to charge a tenant for carpet and general cleaning upon moveout if dirty?

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Does a landlord have the right to charge a tenant for carpet and general cleaning upon moveout if dirty?

Asked on November 21, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Indiana

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The landlord may not charge for routine end-of-lease cleaning or for cleaning due to normal wear and tear. He may charge for cleaning that exceeds normal wear and tear. Some examples include: carpet cleaning, if you left red wine or pet urine stains; the cost of a dumpster, if you leave garbage and debris or unwanted furniture behind; the cost of mold specialists, if you were so unhygienic as to have mold in a kitchen or bathroom.


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