Q: Got the final bill from our last apartment complex, they charged us for far more than we expected. What can we do?
Our last complex is charging us for a few additional things then expected. Most notably new carpets with pet sealant when only one needed to be replaced as it became loose after water heater issues last year. And for resealing the bathtubs (2) when I had been told in roughly Dec 2017 that wasn't a service available to us. the one tub really needed it and we had to use it in that condition for the 2 years we were there. What can we do, can we counter or anything?
A: You have the right to negotiate with your landlord to see if you can obtain a better result. If negotiation is unsuccessful you have the right to take the matter to court and ask a judge or hearing officer to decide the issue. But you need to be aware that, if you choose to go to court, it is likely that your landlord will be represented by an attorney. If you lose the case, it is possible that the judge will be asked to make an award of attorneys fees against you. Going to court is a serious matter and there can be unintended consequences.
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