My question involves a security deposit in the State of: California
My Girlfriend and I signed a 12 month Rental Agreement with our landlord over a year ago. The rental agreement was an older one, supplied by or landlord and stated in a provision that our security deposit was to be returned in 14 days. We did not receive an itemized statement until 22 days after we moved which was mailed 20 days from the date we vacated. The itemized security deposit form stated that we owed more than we paid, and stated that a negative credit report was in the works if we did not pay. I believe that the landlord is in breach of contract for not having sent me a itemized statement or my deposit back within the 14 days stipulated in the agreement, and secondly I believe the charges are baseless. We were charged 130 for carpet cleaning, 130 for cleaning(itemized 30 for refridgerator, 15 for sofa, 15 for mini-blinds, 15 for desk, etc.), and 358 for carpet replacement (why clean the old carpet then replace with new?). I think that our landlord just wanted to spend our deposit and not give any back. any help and advice is greatly appreciated. BTW we left because the landlord made us pay in cash, did not put up proper notice to enter dwelling x 12, and did not allow for a cat.