Tenant suing for security deposit
An ex-tenant is suing me for non-return of her security deposit. Her side: I'm a sh---ty landlord. She left the place in better order than when she moved in. I kept her security deposit for no good reason. ($700) She claims she has pictures of how spotless she left the unit.
My side: her dogs & cats peed all over the wall-to-wall carpets. In places it had melted because of the ammonia & had to be scrape off the flooring. The rug was patched with duct tape & had runs in it. The trim around several of the doorways was badly scratched/damaged.
I'm thinking of countersuing for the full amount I'm out of pocket.
I have receipts for the new rug that was put in prior to her move-in date. I have receipts for the rug installed after she left (1 year later).
I have parts of the damaged rug (I'm cynical - thought this might happen). I can also get the repair people to write letters attesting to the damage that was done. Are letters acceptable to the court? Or shall I try to get some one to come in as a witness?
I'm in upstate NY. Any suggestions? Should I consult with an attorney?
Hello! I'm from Pennsylvania and I know that papers involving estimates can be objected to in lower courts. If you could get an expert to come in, that would be great.
I say sue for as much as humanly possible. So tired of disrespectful tenants. You may not get it, but it will feel good and it's a chance to sue while the tenant pays the court fees.
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I highly suggest that you consult an attorney. A professional can help you with that. Keep the documents because that will serve as your proof. Next time, I highly recommend that you do a walkthrough with your tenant. That's what me and my landlord did before my move in/move out day. We kept photos of the original state of the apartment. Links like this one can help: http://goo.gl/wr4LlL. I hope you can find it useful as well.
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