Ex-landlord demanding payment for replacing entire carpet
My daughter and her roommate recently moved out of their apartment - the lease expired 1/31/05. During the walk-through w/ the apartment manager, it was noted that there was a wax stain on the carpet in the roommate's bedroom. Then last week (week of 2/14), the apartment manager called the roommate and told her that she and my daughter owe $1000 because they had to replace the carpet in the whole apartment because of that wax stain. (carpet cost approx. $1600, minus 1 year of wear, minus the security deposit) When asked why they didn't patch that area (the carpet was 1 year old), they said that they tried, but it didn't work. When asked why they had to replace all the carpet in the apartment, and not just that bedroom, they said that if they replaced only the carpet in the bedroom it wouldn't match the rest of the apartment. (These are not luxury apartments, btw.)
Is this standard? Do my daughter and her ex-roommate have to pay the $1000 for carpeting the entire apartment when the only problem was one stain in one bedroom?