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princess_ninja

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It has been almost a month since we moved out of the home we were renting for 2 years.

I felt we did an excellent job of taking care of the property. Before we moved out we spent days cleaning up the place... shampooing carpets, patching up nail holes from hanging photos, mopping the hardwood floors, etc etc. Every corner of the place was spotless. Our ex-landlord remarked that we did an excellent job of cleaning and were good tenants. We thought things were all good until he called us a few days ago of a list of small issues which seem to me a little bit ridiculous.

There was a very old hose at the property which had holes in it so whenever the water was turned on it leaked everywhere. There was no pressure in the nozzle part to even be able to use. The hose hung on a wooden porch post on an old plastic hanger that ended up breaking off because of the weight of a heavy snow we had during the winter. We did end up getting rid of both and buying our own stuff. I didn't tell the landlord about it. I figured there was no point in keeping if it was broken and unusable.

The other issue is with some old vertical blinds that were hung up in the front window when we moved in. The blinds were broken at the top so panels kept falling out if you just brushed up against the blinds. The bottom was also cracked up and breaking. We took the blinds down and kept them in the basement and just put curtains up. When we left we didn't put them back up and now he's giving us a hard time about the mounting hardware saying the blinds are useless because he can't hang them. I don't know why he'd want to hang up broken blinds. Since they were broken before we moved in I don't think we should be responsible for replacing them. I'm going to go over to home depot later and buy the mounting hardware for them because they sell it separately for like $2 a set.

Am I wrong in thinking he's just giving us a hard time? I'd like to get the maximum amount of our deposit back but I don't want to go out and buy a hose and mount and replace all these things that were broken to begin with.

Also, what is covered under a pet security deposit? Is it any type of damage by a pet? In my particular situation our cat chewed some of the cords you use to pull up horizontal blinds (not the same vertical blinds I mentioned.) We replaced some with expensive thermal ones but did not get a chance to replace all of them. Other then the blinds our pets did no damage to the property.

Thank you.
MikeTfromCA

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In general, a landlord is not allowed to deduct from a security deposit for any costs incurred to them as a result of normal wear and tear.  That being said, you'll have to use your judgment as to whether or not the items/issues you've described reasonably constitute normal wear and tear or if they were in excess of that. 

When in doubt as to what constitutes "normal wear and tear", ask your self a simple question: if a normal standard of care was exercised for the use of an object in question during the course of the entire tenancy (2 years in your case), then what would be the condition of this said object? would it be better, worse, or in the same condition it was in when returned to the landlord.  If it would've been in better condition, then it's clearly the result of excessive wear and tear on your/the tenant's part and would be subject to a deduction from the security deposit.  Based upon what you've described below, it sounds like the damage caused to the blinds by your cat would be fair grounds for a deduction. 

In any case, when there's excessive wear and tear to a rental property, it doesn't matter weather or not it's the tenants themselves, their children, or their pets that caused the damage.  It's still an unnecessary expense incurred to the landlord and the tenant that is named on the lease or rental agreement is responsible for it.
princess_ninja

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Can he deduct the cost to replace the blinds from the pet security deposit?
MikeTfromCA

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Not unless he could prove that the damage caused them was caused by your pets.  A pet security deposit is a deposit that's to be held separately from the general/unit security deposit and only deducted from for any damages that were specifically caused by your pet. 

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