Savannah, GA asked in Consumer Law and Landlord - Tenant for Georgia

Q: I moved out of an apartment and my landlord is charging me for a stove that caught fire when cleaning team cleaned it

The property management company is charging me for the carpet to be replaced, the walls to be painted, hauling off trash or unwanted items that I moved to the curb for trash pickup...I lived in the apartment for approximately 5 1/2 years. I am asking if these charges are legit? I was under the impression that it was standard for the landlord to pay for carpet and painting when a tenant moves out.

1 Lawyer Answer
Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Marietta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: It is not standard for the landlord to pay for carpet and painting when a tenant moves out.

However, whether you are responsible for a portion of the carpet replacement will depend on the condition of the carpet when you moved in, the condition of the carpet when you moved out, and the expected wear and tear over the 5 years you stayed.

Similarly, the life of the normally standard paint is about 5 years. So, unless you changed the color of the rooms and failed to change it back, a court will probably not hold you responsible for that. However, if there were holes you put in the walls for whatever reason, you would be responsible for the patching.

You may be responsible for any extra charges or services the complex had to pay for hauling the extra trash.

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