Port Saint Lucie, FL asked in Landlord - Tenant for Indiana

Q: My landlord did not have a walkout checklist and is trying to orally price and claim damages on whathe thinks is ok

Due to covid, I lost my job and had to end my lease early. We agreed he would keep my first, last, and deposit along with another month of rent to claim my "30 days notice". He agreed if all that was done he would end the lease and invoice me for damages.

Upon the final walk through he had no inspection checklist and stated he was going to try and charge for the walls, due to areas we had cleaned to remove marks. There wasn't any damages just little areas where we had cleaned the walls. He claimed he would charge a certain amount do to damage.

He called the next day and said the carpets had smelled like dog(we paid a pet deposit) and the walls needed to be painted so he was going to charge us 700.00 in damages to replace the carpet and paint the walls. the walls were reasonable Wear and tear and the carpets had been professionally cleaned and there was no damage, he threatened to follow through with his companies actions since I don't want to settle. How do I defend? What can he do?

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Troy Tyson
Troy Tyson
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Greenwood, IN

A: You will likely need to show up to court at the damages hearing, and tell your side of the story to the judge. Be sure to come armed with any documentation that you have which will support your position.

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