Landlord's Unfairly Charging for Carpet Replacement

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Rental Protection Agency complaint trends show that more tenants are filing complaints about being charged for carpet replacement cost when moving out.

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Tenants have the right to dispute unfair deposit charges

Landlords nationwide seem to be more aggressively charging tenants for carpet replacement cost based on tenant filed complaint trends to the Rental Protection Agency website.

The down economy might be playing a role in the upswing in tenants getting charged for the cost of replacing carpet that might be otherwise considered normal wear and tear. Most state laws prohibit landlords from charging for carpet replacement unless the tenant caused damage to the extent that the carpet could not be cleaned or otherwise repaired.

Desperate landlords seem to be finding creative ways to upgrade apartments at the cost of their tenants. "Landlords can't just charge for carpet replacement without justifying the damage." states RPA Director Scott Paxton. Tenants have right to fair usage and can't be charged for normal wear and tear.

Tenants have the right to dispute unfair charges, including other deposit charges by filing a complaint through the Rental Protection Agency complaint center located here: http://www.rentalprotectionagency.com/complaint_center.php

Once a tenant files a complaint they will receive a case number that can be used to track the status of the complaint.

The Rental Protection Agency provides tenants nationwide with a program to file a complaint about rental problems. For more information about the RPA, please visit them online: http://www.rentalprotectionagency.com/

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