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?
State - WA