Dispute with Former Lanlord
I didn't know if this was appropriate for this forum, but perhaps someone here has had experience and can help. Our former landlord is suing us in small claims court for "damages". (Note: we left the residence in the same condition as it was in when we moved in.) Anyway, on the accounting he sent us, he listed things like glass cleaner, comet powder, light bulbs,... even a stepstool and broom that he supposedly had to buy to "fix" and "Clean" the residence after we left. There are numerous other things that he listed, but my question is, can he claim these items? What can a landlord legally get reimbursed for? He's also claiming $12.00 an hour for "labor" for time that he supposedly spent cleaning. Is this a figure the courts will allow? I had heard somewhere that $10.00/hr was what could be claimed in court for labor preformed by a landlord.
Whew! The place was in good repair when we left, but (lesson learned the hard way) we didn't take any pictures to prove it, so I'm trying to figure out if these costs that the landlord incurred are a little exessive.
Any help or advice would be appreciated!