My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: Washington
My question is two fold:
1) During the move-out inspection, with both the landlords and their agent, there was almost no damage noted on the checklist. The inspection took more than 2 hours for a 3 bedroom townhouse. They noted that we hadn't cleaned behind the refrigerator and there was a damage to the track of the door for one closet. However, when we got the check for the deposit, they had retain $1526 of our $1600 deposit. They listed the following charges, the ~$450 to close out the utilities (which were in our name and we normally pay every month), ~$400 for refinishing the hardwood floors, $300 for the misc repairs, $400 for cleaning. My first question is, how binding is the move out inspection? No damage was listed for the floors for instance. We also noted that there was scuffs and damage to the floors on the move in and there was no mention on the move out. Can they charge us for a bunch of stuff that wasn't noted on the inspection?
2) They are required to provide a itemized list of repairs that they are withholding your deposit within 14 days for in Washington. I would think misc repairs doesn't suffice. What is the penalty in this case? They provided itemize items such as hardwood refinishing but they didn't itemize everything. If we have to take them to small claims court to get our deposit back, is the fact that they didn't itemize everything properly mean that we automatically get the entire deposit back?