Q: After moving out of our apartment, can the landlord charge us for paint and carpet cleaning for normal wear and tear?
A: You need to read your lease. Sometimes landlords list a set of charges/fees upon move out----kinda sneaky but I think they picked this up like the short term condos and rentals have a cleaning charge upon departure. If there is nothing listed, then you should return the property in the same condition it was in at the time of move in, save for normal wear and tear. Of course, whether or not it is beyond normal wear and tear is sometimes disagreed upon. If you have not yet moved out, just a reminder to document and/or take photos of the apartment right before you turn it over to the landlord.
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