What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Iowa
On Tuesday, August 12th, 2008 I received an email from my previous landlord(the lease was up July 31st 2008) in regards to the condition of the townhouse I had previously lived in(I moved into this dwelling in March). There was some bowing of the wood laminate floors in certain areas in the living room and dining room. I dont know if this was due to me cleaning the floors from time to time or from they way it was installed. Anyway, he claims that the ENTIRE floor needs to be replaced which after consulting several carpenters and floor experts told me that is not necessarily true and that the said bowed pieces could be replaced and not the whole floor. In addition, the Landlord wants to replace the carpets and charge me for it. The carpets were in poor condition to begin with, but when I moved out I had them professionally cleaned. I have the feeling they want new carpet and want to charge me for it.
Anyway, This letter stated that the floors needed replacing and carpets too. My deposit was $700 and he claims the fees for all of these repairs are about $3800!!!! He said he would give me two weeks to respond. I responded the day I got it asking for an itemized list of all that is needing to be done. I also pointed out that an entire floor does not need to be replace for a couple of bowed wood laminate pieces. I have heard nothing from him since.
I am wondering how long he can keep me hanging on this. I mean, isnt there a limitation on how long he can keep this up. I would think it would be the same as the 30 days to return the deposit. Also, any advice on handling this situation would be much appreciated. I feel like I am being hustled, yet I think its odd that I have not heard from him. He has my phone number and my new address yet he emailed me(only time he has corresponded this way). I live in Iowa City, Iowa by the way.