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Re: unfair charge

Posted by TenantNet on January 22, 1997 at 00:30:51:

In Reply to: unfair charge posted by s.r. on January 20, 1997 at 23:40:04:

: my wife and i just moved from a 1 bedroominto a 2 bedroom in the same
: complex. we had painted the bedroom orange (at 1 bdrm)and expected the
: building to charge for it, as stated in lease. we asked how much money the
: building would charge, but receive no answer. to our surprise the
: building is charging us $350.00 for repainting that room. the money will
: be deducted from the security. is that amount fair? how can we take
: take them to court? should it be housing court, or small claims court?
: how soon?

Most leases allow you to paint rooms, but many require the color to be
"light". Depending on how garish the orange is, it may be a problem.
If they claim it's $350 and you object, the burden would be on them to
prove it cost them that amount to cover the old orange color. They would
need to submit the painter's invoices plus cost of the new paint. You could
have repainted it and avoided the issue. THat you are staying in the building
might be a problem as they are claiming to deduct it from the deposit (on paper)
but as you are still in the building they aren't not returning it to you at this
point. You can't take this to housing court. Small claims would be the proper venue.

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