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Re: unfair move-out charges

Posted by TenantNet on February 28, 1997 at 12:45:53:

In Reply to: Re: unfair move-out charges posted by T. Romito on February 28, 1997 at 12:19:27:

: After your last response, I sent a check to the landlord for the amount of
: lost rent only which I agree is an obvious damage. Along with the check, I
: also sent a letter explaining that they have sustained no other loss due
: to the cancellation of my lease, that the cleaning fees are services which
: they are responsible for prior to a new tenant moving in, they just did
: it five months earlier that originally anticipated. I also stated that if
: anyone has sustained any damages, it is me. They are attempting to get ME
: to pay for cleaning my old apartment for THEIR new tenant while THEY PAY
: NOTHING. They responded with a "billing reminder" for the cleaning services
: costs from the Assistant Manager of the leasing office. It was as if
: they just ignored my letter. They did not even respond with a detailed
: explanation of what they feel their loss/damage is. They also gave me a
: due date on the "billing reminder". I still feel this is unjust and Iím
: not sure what to do next.

It's called intentional intimidation - they try to get you upset and frustrated.
Personally I would ignore it, or send them a bill for an equal amount.
Seriously, most people think they actually owe something just because they
get a bill; it's human nature. Make sure your letter(s) are proveable
(certified) so you will be able to claim they waived their rights by
not responding. If they respond with a legal notice, then you take
that seriously and make them prove their claim.

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