Do charges for a cleaning fee need to be itemized?

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Do charges for a cleaning fee need to be itemized?

I moved into a senior community with my 69 year old mother 8 months ago; I am 48. She passed away 3 months ago and they allowed me to stay in the community but I did have to transfer to a 1 bedroom apartment. They charged me a $500 transfer fee which was explained to me as a cleaning fee. I just received a carpet cleaning bill for $330 and they are telling me this is not covered under the $500 “transfer” fee because the carpet cleaning is considered damages done by my cats. Is this legal? They are now telling me they cannot provide me with a itemization of what the $500 was used for because it may or may not be for cleaning. This all sounds very shady to me.

Asked on June 28, 2015 under Real Estate Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

The answer is that they don't need to itemize it unless you and they end up in court. If you don't pay and they sue you or try to evict you for nonpayment, in court, they'll have to specify and provide support for the bill. Or if you pay under protest then sue to get the money back, they had to provide specifics and support to defend the case.


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