What could happen if the landlord suggests that there is a curry smell in the rental that we just vacated?

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What could happen if the landlord suggests that there is a curry smell in the rental that we just vacated?

I called my landlord to return the mailbox keys after a few days I had vacated the house. He mentioned that there is indian curry smell in the house and the new tenant complained about it. We are indians and did a lot of cooking during our tenure in the house. We had cleaned the house properly when leaving. We went back to the house after 6-7 days of vacating (with the landlord) just to see if there is any smell and we couldn’t find any smell. Landlord suggests we are accustomed to the smell as we cook daily and so unable to recognize. We are afraid the landlord will not give back the deposit.

Asked on June 13, 2012 under Real Estate Law, New Hampshire

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Assuming there is a curry smell in the unit that you have just vacated the landlord can install assorted items to remedy and even eliminate the smell assuming such is going to be an issue for someone else who might want to rent the unit.

If the smell is not eliminated and new carpets have to be installed, potentially you could be on the hook under the presumed written lease for the costs of new carpet. However, such is unlikely based upon my experience. I suggest that you consult further with a landlord tenant attorney about the matter you are writing about.


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