How can I avoid paying for new carpet in an apartment I did not trash?

I signed a lease agreement on a 1 year apartment contract and I just recently signed the move-out forms. I did my walk-through with a manager of the apartment and she assured me that everything is fine. Now they are saying I had pets in the apartment and they are telling me I have to have the carpet replaced. The woman I spoke to on the phone told me that I had several written notices on my door – that I never received – telling me to vacate the pets but I never had pets living in the apartment. Now they want me to pay to have the carpets replaced because they said it was trashed and smelled horrible.

Asked on March 8, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Georgia


Hong Shen / Roberts Law Group

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Is the same woman who did the walk through with you? Did you take pictures? Did you get a checklist or something in writing after the walkthrough? Try to talk to the manager who did the walkthrough and ask for proof.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.