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posted 3 years ago in Canada – Central Canada
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

How long has he lived there?  Is there any reason the carpets need to be cleaned in his space?  Are they visably dirty?

If he’s lived there a short time and hasn’t contributed any stains to the carpet, I don’t think it’s fair to charge him for carpet cleaning.

Since you don’t have a lease, the legalities of this depend on your state.  Unless he’s caused you damage, I would not try to withhold the deposit.  It’s not worth the battle.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m confused. You’re going to charge him $200… To vacuum? Did he cause any actual damage to the carpets beyond normal wear and tear?

Post # 4
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42546 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Nikkimcq:  That’s why landlords and tenants should have a lease- so you each know the expectations and consequences.

Check online for your province’s Landlord and Tenant information page. Depending on how long the tenant has been there, it is a normal expectation that the landlord will have to clean the carpets before a new tenant can move in. The tenant is expected to leave the carpet in reasonable condition.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

What was ruined? What carpet costs are there?

All of the apartments I have lived in included ‘normal wear and tear’ of the carpets. They always did the carpet cleaning/shampooing after we moved out.

I think this might a lesson learned about not having a lease.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

you mentioned that some things were ruined? How so?

Post # 9
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42546 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Nikkimcq:  I don’t know what the gender of the tenant has to do with anything.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Nikkimcq:  If you didn’t spell out that the carpet had to be professionally cleaned upon move out then its not kosher to demand it now.  If the carpet is dirty or damaged beyond normal wear and tear then you could possibly be entitled to keep some of the money To have it cleaned.  He probably wouldn’t want to go to the hassle to sue you but he might and a judge could side with him. 

If you are going to continue to rent a room, you need to understand the laws and tenants rights in your state and have a signed, written lease that clearly spells out your lease terms.

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Nikkimcq:  What I said was that it was irrelevant what gender your tenant was. You were the one who felt the need to specify the gender and hint at the objects.

I was not the one who asked how things were ruined, so you can’t lay that one on me.

Post # 15
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7286 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Its $200 bucks, pay it up and good riddance.

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