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Carpeting - pre-existing damage

Posted by Jil on January 29, 2001 at 10:23:14:

Anyone with any ideas would be greatly appreciated! I live in Rochester - I gave my landlord my month's notice Jan. 4th. He showed up in my apartment Jan 15th with a bill for $1500 for carpeting. He wants me to pay for wall to wall carpeting through the entire apartment (700+ square feet) because he states that my cats destroyed it. The thing is that the carpet is at the very least 5 years old and has been leased to at least 7 tenants in that time. I refused to sign the Pet Agreement because I did not want to be liable for all the damage that the previous tenants did. Also, he stated that the reason he did not replace the carpet was because he wanted to do it after I left which I said was fine by me. Now he's trying to get me to pay all the costs. Everyone here thinks that landlords have to replace carpeting every so often but I can't find anything documented.

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