I got my security deposit back from my former residence and there were $198.00 in charges. And that is AFTER I paid $127.00 to get the damned mini blinds cleaned. Let me outline these bullshit charges for you:
Cleaning: N/A (You bet your sweet ass there isn’t any charge because I cleaned that place immaculately!)
Painting: $60 for “touch up” (Touch up what? If it’s the bathroom that’s the problem then that’s the malfunctioning of the blasted “fan” that was installed which subsequently made my walls GRAY. And which I attempted to clean for hours.)
Carpet Cleaning: $55 (I was never informed that this needed to be done. It’s probably because I have cats, those cat-hating bastards. It smelled like cat pee in one corner when I moved in there and they are charging me?! I’m pretty sure they didn’t replace the padding when they replaced the actual carpet, hence the lingering odor.)
Repairs: $33 for “patching nail holes” (I patched every friggen nail hole in that place so they are LYING. I left ONE screw in and told him about it, too. I was worried I would pull out a chunk of the wall. I spent so much time patching holes I cannot fathom what they are talking about.)
Lock Change Fee (Per Lease): $50 (What crap to charge tenants to change the locks! They write in these outrageous fees like the mini blind cleaning so they can ream you. Why do they have to change the keys every time? Other buildings don’t do that.)
So out of a $525 deposit I received $327 back. To add insult to injury, they gave me a dirty set of blinds instead of new blinds and the muck on them took two cleanings. It appeared to have marbling so I thought nothing of it but it turned out that marbling was actually grease. I asked to be credited for one of the double charges on the mini blinds cleaning because of this error. Did he honor my request? No! Did he show me any fairness? No! Can you tell I am totally peeved? Yes!
I know it is just money and I should just let it go but what gets me is the unfairness of it. I pride myself on being a fair person. He had plenty of time to let me know he was going to be looking for certain things or that they charge for carpet cleaning or painting. I could have done those repairs myself. And you know what? He probably would have found other things to charge me for in that case. This is a big business apartment managing company so they don’t have any personal connection. I’m just a unit number. I’m not a person who worked her ass off to clean that place top to bottom hoping to get my entire deposit back. Who paid her rent on time every month. Who was a model tenant. They don’t give a shit about fairness. They just care about the dollar.
You know what this has taught me? To not be the kind of Apartment Manager who does crap like this. It’s bullshit. That Apartment Manager should have walked through the place with me and given me the opportunity to fix things he thought weren’t up to snuff instead of telling me to leave the keys and he’d get the check to me.