My question involves a security deposit in the State of: California. I recently received half of what the landlord said was my deposit. She said the house wasn't clean enough, my walls were not paint ready and a kicked in door jamb was going to be $450.00 even though she was going to have a new door installed becauuse it was weathered. She gave me a pre--inspection and I did what she asked for. I spent hours/days cleaning mini blinds, floors, cleaned the tile grout with a toothbrush! She said a property management company said they would make it tenant ready for $300.00. The house has been vacant since March 31 and painters and carpet people are still going in and out. I am ok with paying for the door jamb as it was my fault that I didn't report it to the police or my landlord - I had it repaired but not to the landlord''s liking. But the cleaning? I lived in the house 8 years and 3 months and the tubs/showers and tile showed signs of wear! She said they weren't cleaned enough! I don't think I should have to pay to clean when she is ready to rent it. It is still vacant. She said the law says I have to have it as "clean as it was when i moved in", I read that part as only if you rented after 2003 - I rented in 2000. It isn't going to look the same after 8 years! I put up with the landlord taking months to reimburse me for agreed repairs, entering my house without permission many times, and waiting over 6 months to send me an accumulation of water bills that were over my allotment (she had to reimburse me so she decided to give me the bills at that time), and I went almost a year with a hole in my ceiling with water pouring the floor below and a blown down fence! Making iit worse, I found my lease contract after I moved and it said I paid first and last AND a security deposit even though she said she had check numbers saying I didn't. Neither of us can get copies of checks or statements as iit iis too many years - so its just the lease agreement.
Where do i go from here?