Can a landlord invent a list of unjustified damages made by a tenant in a move-out bill and then send it to a collection agency?
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Speak with (and likely) hire an attorney is your best strategy.
Then have your attorney determine what strategy works based upon your facts. If you have photos of what the property looked like before you moved in and after you moved out also will play into proving your case.
I have had landlords claim excessive amounts just to keep the security deposit. This act is an unfair trade practice and consumer protection law violation. Your best bet in these cases are to speak with an attorney have them review your case and see if they wish to argue it on your behalf. If it is an unfair trade practice case, the judge in the case may award attorney fees along with treble damages. This is different than a landlord failing to return a security deposit within 30 days and providing an accounting. Which if a landlord fails to provide an accounting or security deposit or both within 30 days of the date of move out, the landlord is liable two times the security deposit.
Good luck, but you should at least speak with an attorney and show them what you can or cannot prove.
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