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    Default Landlord Holding Money from Refundable Deposit

    When we moved in to our place last year, we paid $250 non-refundable deposit for cleaning carpets and blinds. (The carpets had apparently been cleaned, but they only had a minimal "light cleaning" and appeared to be only vacuumed). When we moved out, an additional $150 was withheld from our refundable deposit to cover the cost of carpet and blinds. The landlord states that she doesn't know who came up with such a low estimate but a place that big (1100 sq ft) should cost more than $250. The place as we left it was impeccable (and she agrees). There was no damage done at all. If a tenant puts down a non-refundable deposit for any cleaning and the cleaning costs less, the landlord keeps the rest. If they ask for $250 for carpets and blinds (with no damage - just needed cleaning), isn't their problem if it costs more?
    Also, is general cleaning of a carpet and dusty blinds part of normal wear and tear?
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    Default Re: Landlord Holding Money from Refundable Deposit

    The landlord can charge the cleaning fee under RCW 59.18.285 and RCW 59.18.253. The landlord has no other right to charge a tenant for ordinary cleaning. (Sometimes the premises, or parts thereof, can be so dirty that it constitutes damage, but that's not what we're talking about here.)

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    Default Re: Landlord Holding Money from Refundable Deposit

    That didn't answer the question.
    RCW ... 253 is in reference to deposits and fees charged to hold a place prior to move in - we have moved out.
    RCW ...285 refers to the landlord's right to charge a cleaning fee. They charged a $250 non-refundable fee when we moved in for the sole purpose of cleaning the carpets and blinds. Now, upon move out, they are withholding an additional $150 from our REFUNDABLE SECURITY deposit because "someone mis-estimated the cost of the cleaning a year ago and it should cost more."
    I am not questioning the non-refundable cleaning fee, just the withholding extra from our refundable deposit at move out when the $250 was meant to cover the carpet and blind cleaning. If they mis-estimated, that is not our fault, we already paid what they asked at move-in to cover the cost of carpet and blind cleaning. So my question is only in regards to the $150 they have withheld from our refundable security deposit.

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    Default Re: Landlord Holding Money from Refundable Deposit

    Your question was answered. Read it again.

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    Default Re: Landlord Holding Money from Security Deposit

    Can you please help me? I have rented an apartment for 6 years in the state of IL and cleaned my carpets on my own at least 3 times of living there and then when I moved out I had carpets cleaned as well.

    I had no damages to the carpeting, no small childern, not a smoker, and owned not pets. During my walk through with the landlord he did not mention any problems with the carpeting and advised I would recieve my full deposit.

    However, when I received my deposit it was short $200 for carpet cleaning services. (only 2 rooms had carpeting) Is it legal for the landlord to take $200 for cleaning services?

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