My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: California
I was a tenant in CA. I gave 30-day notice and vacated the apartment. I requested a move-out inspection 3 weeks prior to my move-out date but the landlord never responded to multiple calls and emails. In those emails I informed landlord of some minor repairs needed (touch up paint, paint on door, etc), probably not more than $500. I ended up leaving the keys under the mat when I moved I because I couldn't reach the landlord.
The landlord filed a limited civil action (he's an attorney) now claiming damages and "lost rent". He claims my deposit doesn't even come close to covering the damages and two months worth of lost rent to restore unit to original condition. It's complete BS!! Since I have to now answer his complaint, my question is:
A) can a landlord sue for "Lost Rent" - basically the time it takes him to make minor repairs to a unit after a tenant vacates
B) He is also claiming negligence as a cause of action. Does a tenant owe a "duty of care" to a landlord under CA residential lease agreements? We used the standard CAR Form.