Short sale stuck on cleaning costs

Home Sale Hindsight

Q: Who pays for home cleanup costs prior to selling? We are purchasing a short sale and the bank approved our offer! Woo-hoo! But wait, there are some things the bank won’t pay for. One of the items is home cleanup costs (taking out trash, old box springs, etc.) being charged by the sellers’ Realtor (who is also a relative of theirs) that was done months before the house even went on the market.

So the sellers added an addendum to the purchase contract wanting us to pay for their share of closing costs because they have no money. I understand they have no money, but they signed the contract stating that they would pay for some things and I don’t feel the cost to clean up the house to market it should be included in the closing costs. Is this legal? We feel exploited. –Terri S., Las Vegas