Dog’s carpet accident could cost thousands to fix

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Question: My husband and I, along with our two small children and one dog, recently moved out of a townhome that we lived in for 2 1/2 years. The property manager is telling us that due to the use of a store-bought steam vacuum cleaner to clean up where the dog had an accident, the carpet in the entire house has to be replaced. He said it will cost us within the vicinity of $1,400-$1,800. We put down $600 for a deposit and $400 for the pet deposit. Is he able to do this? Landlord attorney James McKinley replies: You are responsible for any damage done to the rental property by your pets, guests, children or yourself. In most cases, a security deposit can be used for three things: to remedy defaults in payment of rent; cleaning; and to repair damages beyond normal wear and tear. Even if not legally required in your area, it would have been helpful if your landlord did a pre-move-out inspection with you. At that time, you could have been given a list of any cleaning or repairs necessary...