landlord problems - Posted by Anna
Posted by Anna on October 10, 2005 at 18:34:20:
I recently moved out of an apartment I was renting in San Francisco. Here is my problem (or potential problem)
We?ll call the landlord ?Tom?
One year ago - Oct. 1st, 2004, I rented Tom?s one bedroom and received a Move-In/Move-Out itemized statement for our initial inspection. We (Tom and I) marked the sheet of scuffs, stains and small window cracks. Overall, the apartment was in good condition.
Sept. 21, 2005 - Upon giving my 30 day notice, Tom came to the apartment for an inspection. Again, we pulled out our copies of the original statement and he marked the columns that he wanted me to clean (pretty much the entire place). There was no damage; the apartment just needed a thorough cleaning.
Sept. 25th I move all my belongings out.
Oct. 1st -After spending 3 days prior thoroughly cleaning the apartment, Tom and I meet at the apartment. He gives the place a quick walk through. I proudly show him the clean oven, defrosted fridge and floors. I ask him how everything looks, he says, ?fine, fine? and takes my keys and ushers me out the door. We were there a total of 5 minutes if that.
I know? shoulda, coulda, woulda. When I got home, I realized that we never took out our itemized statement to fill out the ?Final Inspection? column.
Being the passive, aggressive person I am, I call him and ask if we could meet again at the apartment to properly fill out the sheet. He says no and to just mail it to him and he will fill it out and mail back to me. He then hangs up on me.
My security deposit is $1500.00 and I am concerned that since I neglected to have him fill the sheet out at time of walk-through that I will get taken advantage of somehow. What should I do? Should I forget about it and not mail him the form and just hope to get the 1500.00 back in 3 weeks? I need help in handling this. I thought a letter stating that the apartment was in good condition would document and back me up but I don?t think that will help. I just feel like I didn?t look out for myself and have no proof that the apartment was left very clean and in good condition.
I notice on Craig?s List that he has not advertised the apartment yet. He only uses Craig?s List to rent. I am concerned.
Thanks for your help,