Is this allowed?
by Lisa on Thursday, May 10, 2012 @06:24
I was offered a job in my main office, which meant moving about 100 miles away. I sent my landlord my 30 days notice, stating my intentions to move, what day I would be moving out and asking him not to show the house while I was not at home just because of the dog (I was allowed to have the dog). I also stated that I would be mailing my rent for that last month (would have had it on time). I was moving out of the house before the month was over, in fact, the day I move out, I was only 7 days into my last month.
The day I was moving, I had the truck at the house, the guys loading the truck and my landlord shows up. He starts walking around the house, complaining about the lawn (my lawn mower was stolen, he knew about it). I told him I was having someone come by that afternoon after we were done to mow it. He tells me that his lawn guy was there to do it and I needed to pay him for it. I wrote him a check (I didn't have any cash on me) so he could pay the lawn guy. He then tells me that he didn't get the check for the rent, so I told him I would check with the bank and if I needed to, cancel the check and send him a new one.
The guys are trying to get the last items out of the house and he's standing in the way, questioning what they are doing, the lawn guy is in their way, etc.. He then starts asking when I would be cleaning the house. I told him I would be back the next day (Sunday) to clean it and that I had a carpet guy coming on Tuesday to clean the carpets. Only thing that needed to be done was clean the floors. He then looks at me and asks for the keys because one of the guys that worked with me was going to be moving in. I asked when I was supposed to clean and he told me to get with the guy moving in. I did get with the guy and his wife and they said they would do what was needed and I still had the carpet guy come in.
Well, he never did get the rent check for my last month. I did cancel it and was going to send him a new one, but then I found out, he had this guy move in on SUNDAY! I moves out Saturday. He did nothing to clean the house, I paid $60 for the lawn, paid $80 for the carpet and replaced 4 blinds that were damaged when I moved in so I removed them. He is calling me at work looking for the rent. Do I have to pay him? I gave him the keys on Saturday because I didn't want any problems while I had the kids and the movers at my house. Can he get rent from me after he had someone else move in? Why can't get take the 7 days I did live in the house from my security deposit? Am I wrong? I will pay him if I have to, but he didn't give me a chance to clean or to go back to the house within that month if I needed to.
I am sorry this is so long. I paid my rent on time each month for my year there, handled anything that came up without bothering him but I want to be treated fair.
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