carpet cleaning issue

By Tenant

I recently moved out of a townhome (I live in Virginia by the way).  My roomates and I own two dogs which left quite a lot of dog hair on the floor.  Otherwise there were no stains.  Our lease required that we have the carpets professionally cleaned with proof.  We, the renters, vacuumed and swept the floors then paid $275 dollars to have it professionally done and offered our landlord a contact information for the cleaning company.  I walked through the place myself to inspect and saw absolutely no dog hair or stains on the floors, which was great since it was extremely hairy.  Now my landlord has done a walkthrough and informed my roomates and I that the floors are disgusting and that she is having the floors cleaned again which will come out of our deposite.  Unfortunately I have no pictures of the place but I do have proof that our original cleaning was done.  I have been told that it is illegal for a landlord to require a cleaning then charge for another.  Can anyone help?

Edited on: Thursday, May 12th, 2011 10:15 pm

3 Responses to “carpet cleaning issue”

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July 23rd, 2010 5:45 pm

I have been searching through the Tennessee Code Annotated for tenant rights and responsibilities, but have not yet found anything specific enough to answer my question: Can I be held financially responsible for having the carpet professionally cleaned when I move out of the property? The carpet has been there since I first moved in 3 years ago, and there have been no pets, nothing but what I would consider normal wear and tear. The landlord says that they only have to replace the carpet every 4 years, and in such a case I would not have to pay for a carpet cleaning, but I do not know if that statement is backed by law or if it is simply the property management company’s policy.

Thank you for any advice! =)

carpet cleaning in memphis tn

November 24th, 2010 6:51 pm

not necessarily, with quantum of evidence that indeed in good faith you actually cleaned or have it cleaned professionally the landlord is not allowed to secure another carpet cleaning at your charge unless she proves that indeed there was insufficiency in the prior cleaning. have photos of prior cleaning, show it to her, if not convinced asked for a sworn affidavit from the cleaners.

Doron Levin

October 13th, 2011 3:12 pm

If you or your family own land where oil and gas companies operated wells, pipeline, pits and tanks at anytime during the past 100 years, you may have a claim for funds and clean up costs.


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