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Hi.  I went on vacation out of the country for 3 months, Jan 30th - April 22, all my tenants knew of this.  One of my tenants notified me before I left that she was moving out on Feb. 15th but did not move out until the end of February because of weather conditions.  I had told her it might be a while before she got her deposit back as long as the place was left clean and no damage was done.  When I returned I went to inspect the place, it smelled of animals, the carpets were stained in every room and outside in the common area. I knew of one cat previously and told her to get rid of it, another tenant across from her told me she had rabbits I also warned her to get rid of these.  While I was cleaning and painting the unit the tenant across the hall told me that she had a puppy about three weeks before she moved and everyone in the building knew also the tenant across told me she watched the puppy while they moved their stuff out and it also peed on her carpet, she tried to get me to pay to have it cleaned I told her it was her responsibility since she occupies the unit and according to the lease she was responsible for keeping the place clean and that she could get it cleaned at her own expense. My question is I know that I have 30 days to return the deposit but because of my situation begin out of the country and not able to inspect the place within the 30 days, a total of  $1700.00 damages plus in labor and repairs (she actually owes me money), can she try to sue for her deposit? ($300.00) I don't think she will but I would like to know what to do if she tries. I have a no pet policy in my lease, she was in violation can the deposit be held for this also? 
Thanks for any advise on this situation.


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You sure you have 30 days ?  Everywhere I know about its only 10 days, but your past time even if it is 30 days.  I dont know what happens in this situation but I doubt she does either which is good.

I would keep the $300 anyways as that hardly covers carpet cleaning.  Send her an itemized letter with copies of any receipts detailing the deductions, copy of the lease highlighting what sections she broke, and ask for the balance you think your due and see what happens.

Chances are she is not going to sue over such a small amount but your probably going to have to sue to get your money.
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