Stupid landlord. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
FI and I rented a house for 3 years before we moved into our new house about 3 weeks ago. A little background on the rental : during the 3 years we lived there, our water and electricity was shut off for non-payment 8 times (the landlord paid the utility bills). A pipe burst in the bathroom wall and the shower didn't work for over a week while the landlord fixed it. He also replaced the countertops and sink in the kitchen and NEVER cleaned up the mess he made (sawdust EVERYWHERE). The house was so dirty when we moved in, that I wouldn't take a shower until FI cleaned out the tub. So I took pictures. Of everything. Over the 3 years we lived there (including before we moved in), I took over 300 pictures of the house and the yard to document the absolute sh!ttiness of my landlord JUST IN CASE. The house is a dump and I didn't want to be blamed for ANY of it.
Being the conscientious (and unbelievably BUSY) renters that we are, we paid to have a cleaning service clean the house AFTER we did a very basic clean-up ourselves when everything had been moved out. I swear I have never seen the house look cleaner. In addition, during the time we lived there, we made numerous improvements to the house: we refinished the hardwood floors, installed new faucets, and landscaped the back yard (ALL out of our own pockets).
So FI and I have our final walk-thru on Sunday morning with the landlord. I am not kidding when I say he PUT ON A WHITE GLOVE and proceeded to wipe the tops of door frames, inside light fixtures, and (UNBELIEVABLE) the top rims of the smoke detectors. Then told us it wasn't clean enough and that he was going to pay a cleaning service to come in and clean again and charge it to us at a rate of $50/hour deducted from our deposit.
UM NO. FI sweetly reminded the landlord of the condition of the house when we moved in along with all of the problems we had while we lived there. He also reminded him that it will cost us nothing to go to small claims court to recover our $1000 deposit. *sigh* I really didn't want this to turn out this way, but I guess I am not surprised. I have no doubt that we will get our deposit back, but it's looking like it will be a PITA to do so.
Stupid stupid stupid landlord. I don't think he will like what happens if this goes to court.