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Question: I recently received a notice from a collection agency stating that I owe $482 for services provided at the apartment complex. I was told at their main office that the charge was for the replacement of the glass stove top and paint. My lease ended on August 19th, 2013; when I went to the office to turn in the keys and schedule a moving out walk-through I was told that it wasn't necessary as no deficiencies were found in the apartment. It's been about 5 months since I moved out and not once did I receive a statement of charges. What should I do?

Answer: You are not responsible for any damage not caused by you. The landlord must prove any damages caused. The landlords's statement to you about the lack of any damages would seem to make this difficult for them to achieve. You may write the collection agency and inform them that you dispute the charges and give them the reason why. If the landlord wanted to pursue the matter they would have to file a lawsuit alleging damage to the property.

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  • I recently received a notice from a collection agency stating that I owe $482 for services provided at the apartment complex. I was told at their main office that the charge was for the replacement of the glass stove top and paint. My lease ended on August 19th, 2013; when I went to the office to turn in the keys and schedule a moving out walk-through I was told that it wasn't necessary as no deficiencies were found in the apartment. It's been about 5 months since I moved out and not once did I receive a statement of charges. What should I do?

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