So we sold our house and rented a dump.........
I need some advice! We sold our house and while we are building our new house(5 months) we needed a rental house. We didn't have much time and I found one that would work.I knew the carpets were dirty, I did ask him if he would pay for carpet cleaning. He said he had a carpet cleaner in his garage that he would use. It was so dirty, I needed a professional cleaner. He finally said he would chip in $100. It cost $350.
The homeowner wanted a short term lease because he was being transferred for work for 6 months. Perfect right?
So he moves out on July 3rd, gives us the keys, but the house isn't really 'ours' until July 9th. So we went to look at it on the 4th and OMG it was so disgusting. And smelled. I hired a cleaning service to do the kitchen and 2 bathrooms because I just couldn't do it. $150 more. The carpet cleaner called me after he was done and wanted to let me know that the back bedroom in the basement was saturated with urine, and he wanted me to be aware that the odor will probably come back unless the carpet and psd are changed. I went to open windows to air the place out and 4 out of the 5 bedrooms have rotten, BLACK moldy windows with NO screens! That might bother me the most! I can barely air the place out.
I finally called him to confront him and tell him that it was his job to prepare his house for renters. He should have to pay the carpet cleaning bill and house cleaners. He said no way....he did offer to clean the carpets but I wanted to hire it out and he also cleaned but apparantly not up to my expectations.
We are not in the house yet....we are slowly moving stuff over there and I feel sick about this whole situation.
My main question is--we signed the lease. Is there any way out of it? Our realtor said we could deduct what we think is fair from our last months rent, BUT he has our deposit that then he would just not give all of that back. What would you do?