My question involves court procedures for the state of: Washington
I overpaid rent to my landlord. They estimate last months rent to include utilities. We overpaid by about $300. We did not place a "security deposit". The landlord used the money we paid for our rent to cover the cost of repainting the walls and cleaning the carpets.
I left the apartment clean and video recorded the walk threw. I have disputed the charges with the management company and they insist they can charge me for the cleaning as it is stated in the lease that i must pay for any "required cleaning" and "the carpets were professionally cleaned at move in and must be returned in the same condition (the lease does not say anything about requiring me to pay for carpet cleaning) .
Are they legally allowed to use my rent money. There was never any agreement in the lease about using an over payment of rent. I would like to sue for twice the deposit amount wrongfully with held under RCW. 59.18.280 but I did not place a deposit. I did however pay an "non-refundable" administrative fee but this page of the agreement was not signed by all parties in the lease (ie my boyfriend who is on the lease). Can I get this back under RCW 59.18.260 and request twice the fee because it essentially is a deposit.
I plan to go to small claims. I also have a printout from when we moved in saying our apartment is a one bedroom, but I heard technically it is a studio because there are no closets in the bedroom. Where can I find this law and can is sue? The property is now under different management and ownership from when I moved in.