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Do landlord's have to give proof of damages after keeping a deposit?

I rented an apartment in Oklahoma and after I moved out my landlord said that he wasn't going to return the deposit because of damage to the carpet and the way I kept the house. I had the carpet professionally cleaned and cleaned the house until it was back to the way it looked when I got it. I took before/after pictures of the carpet and house. When I asked for the deposit back he said he wasn't going to return it. Then I asked to see receipts or proof that damages were sustained and he listed off ridiculous estimates. I'm actually certain that he didn't replace the carpet which was his main problem. Aren't I entitled to a list of costs according to Landlord/tennant law in Oklahoma?







OZ
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That is a common and tricky situation. In my state there is a hot-line phone # for renters rights. Look under Oklahoma Renters Rights online or in the phone book, there is free help out there. I found two numbers, (405)-521-3441 (Oklahoma Tenants Rights) and a number in Tulsa,- it is (918)-587-6014. If that does not work, spend some time talking to a lawyer about tenant laws and statutes--many will answer your questions and/or represent you for free (Probono). I have been in this situation and most people are so intimidated by the landlord they just let it go. Usually a checklist can be reviewed by you with your landlord or 3rd party. Keep all receipts and pictures, good job. Don't give up.


Artemis Gwen
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I am not personally familiar with Oklahoma's landlord/tenant law. But generally, landlords are required to give an "accounting," that is, a written statement of explanation of the costs deducted from the deposit. They are not required to provide receipts to the tenant . . . but if the tenant asks for receipts and the landlord refuses to provide those receipts that landlord is probably going to wind up in small claims court . . . and the judge WILL require proof of damages.


Martin
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The landlord is betting you won't go back to Oklahoma to take him to small claims court.


мᴀD Dσɢ
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Yes. They have to take a picture of every bit of the apartment before you guys moved in and then observe the before photos before they can pin it out on you.







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