What are my rights as far as being able to see invoices, estimates, etc. for rental repair after moving out?

UPDATED: Aug 10, 2012

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What are my rights as far as being able to see invoices, estimates, etc. for rental repair after moving out?

Also, if my lease were to expire in June, and I gave my notice for vacating 2-3 days late, would I still be required to pay for last month? I figure the answer is probably yes but I was curious because there is an expiring lease involved.

Asked on August 10, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Washington


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Your second question cannot be answered without having an attorney review the lease with you. Ordinarily, when a lease expires, there is no need for notice--the expiration date is its own notice, in effect. However, that said, it would be legal to have a lease that requires notice that the tenant is vacating or not renewing, even as the lease is expiring. If you lease has some term like that, you could be liable for additional rent, depending on exactly what it says--a lease is a contract, and its precise language is critical to understanding rights and obligations under it; that is why you would need an attorney to review the lease with you.

As to your first question: the landlord needs to itemize all repair costs. He does not necessarily have to provide you with the receipts. However, if you dispute the necessity for or the cost of the repairs, you could sue the landlord, such as in small claims court (small filing fee; act as your own lawyer) to recover some or all of the deposit. During the litigation, the landlord will have the chance to show and prove his costs.

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