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We don't want this issue to adversely affect our credit and got legal consulting which suggested we should pay the debt collector to protect our credit score, and then sue the landlord for the money back in small claims court. I'm a little worried about this strategy since it requires to hand away the money first, and am trying to get second ...


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I'm guessing there was no formal hearing regarding the sanitary code and no order to vacate was issued. As such, you broke your lease and are subject to the penalties outlined within it. I don't know if you gave proper notice or not, but loss of your security deposit and an additional two months rent sounds reasonable for abandoning a lease. In Massachusetts,...


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It is certainly legal for a landlord to take a tenant to court if she thinks she has a case. Whether she will win any damages is another matter. If the agreement was that the tenant would leave the keys in the apartment (a poor practice, by the way) and the tenant complied with that agreement, then it seems that the tenant has vacated and should not be ...


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Given California law regarding security deposits, especially the part about the initial inspection, it seems that you had prior written notice of the damage to the paint, and relying on ?verbal statements by the landlord that it required "repainting a few scuff marks, but it shouldn't cost you too much", you let the landlord effect repairs (rather than doing ...


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In a normal residential lease, the tenant is responsible for damage beyond ordinary wear and tear. Scuff marks may or may not be ordinary wear and tear depending on their severity and how they were caused. For example, scuff marks in a hall or stair caused by normal movement would be ordinary wear and tear and therefore the landlord's cost while a scrape ...


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It’s the tenant’s responsibility to pay the rent Not doing so, even for reasons beyond the tenant’s (but not the landlord’s) control is a breach of contract. It’s not enough that the tenant made reasonable effort - they have to succeed. Breach of contract entitles the landlord to damages - it does not entitle them to a penalty. Damages are the reasonable ...


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