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What is the name of your state?WI

My mother rented an apt. for 10+ years with her husband. My stepfather passed away and several months later she decided to move due to the rent cost. Her lease expired August 31st and was not renewed. On Sept. 12th she notified her landlord that she would be moving out at the end of October. Her landlord rented the apt. and harassed her until she agreed to move out by the 28th of Oct. due to the new tenants wanting to get in.

My mother became ill and was hospitalized on Oct. 26th. On Oct. 28th the new tenant came to the apt. while I was there wanting verification that we would be out by that day. I told him we would. Later that day the tenant decided he didn't want to rent the apt.. The landlord became very angry and called my mother in the hospital and yelled at her wanting to know what she was going to do to rectify the situation.

We completed the move that day and, per his instructions, left the key on the counter. We took numerous pictures of the apt. as we completely cleaned it, etc..

My mother received a letter in the beginning of Dec. stating that she was not getting her security deposit back, nor was she getting $1,000.00 for appliances that he wanted to purchase from her, because of the "damage" to the apt.. He stated that there was a problem with some pipes for one of the toilets, that the windowstripping on one of the windows was damaged due to an air conditioner and charged her $500.00 to remove a stain from the carpet (my mom had the carpets professionally cleaned after she moved out). He is also charging her late rent fees going back 5+ years.

Can he do this?


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She should file a lawsuit against the Landlord .

The LL had told you to be out by the 28th and had rented ,or at least indicated that he had rented the Apt. out , it's not your mother's fault it fell through .

The carpet was 10 + who knows how many years old. You had it cleaned .
I doubt a stain would hold up in court either.

A toilet repair is part of his maintenance , and 500 for weatherstripping is way out of line.

Plus she deserves compensation for the appliances.

Don't let him get away with this .

File suit and let the Judge decide .
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Thank you for your response. What about the late fees? Nothing was said at any time prior to her receipt of the letter that the rent was ever late. Her husband took care of paying all the bills and, while he was very organized, she shredded alot of old financial paperwork after he passed away while she was getting ready to move.

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