My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: CA
Hi, I moved out of a studio last month. I treated the apartment carefully and did a good cleaning before moved out. I asked an initial inspect, but somehow the manager didn't do it. I didn't take it serious at that time. However, after 1 month I moved out, my landlord sent me a bill for replacing the carpet, doing smoke treatment and painting the well, which not only kept all the deposits but asked for more. The reason is "there was a heavy smoke smell". I swear not a single cigarette ever consumed in the studio and I checked the room on the move-out date, no smell at all.
I disputed and asked the manager for the receipts. The manager said that three "specialists" can prove there was a smell(but it is now removed). She also sent me some invoices with even higher price than the original bill, threatening me that she will renew the bill to reflect the higher charge if I keep disputing. The strange thing is, I can't find any information online about some of the companies on the invoice, so I don't know what to do with these invoices.
Since it's a smell, I don't have any evident either, exception some closed friends? If the landlord actually let someone they hired to prove the smell(I am sure it is lying), is there a chance I can fight back? And what should I do now?
Thank you so much!