We recently moved out of an apartment. Our lease term was completed with no dues on utilities etc. I was never late on paying rent etc.
The lease was ending on Feb-27th, but we returned keys on Feb-24th. Landlord has sent a bill that has a line item - early move out (3 days), for $177.
There is no such thing in the lease agreement. Also, the letter is coming directly from their collections dept, specifically instructing me not to call leasing office.
I have asked them for an explanation. What can I do if they do not remove this charge? Amount is not large enough to involve a lawyer in the matter. For reference, this landlord is in Pennsylvania, USA.
Got a response from collections office saying that their system had accounting issue due to returning keys early. They had credited my account for 3 days of rent. Now I am negotiating for the carpet charge .
UPDATE-04/01/2021 Got this response from collections office regarding carpet of $740.
Be advised that used the Landlord-Tenant Act of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Office of Landlord-Tenant Affairs: and applicable laws for proration. Since the damage fell within the 5-yr life expectancy of the carpet install "you're only being charged for the remaining useful life of the carpet that was damaged"36"