Improper keeping of Deposit/Indemnity Charge
When I was moving out of my apartment, the Property Manager, who did the walk-through, said that a few spots on the carpet might not be able to be cleaned and the carpet might need to be replaced. The carpet was cleanable, and I said that if the company that they used was not able to clean it, for which I knew I would have been charged, that she was to call me (I gave her a cell phone on which I am available 24 hrs a day) and I would use my remaining 8 days of the lease to have the carpet cleaned, to which I have a witness to. The only reason I wouldn’t have received a call was if everything was ok.
Receiving no call, I was planning on receiving my deposit check sometime the following month. I received instead a bill for the pro-rated carpet replacement minus my security deposit and over 100 dollars of overages paid to the account.
I am refusing to pay, because I was not given the opportunity to clean the carpet during the time I was paying for the apartment and I did not receive any notification of the carpet replacement. I do not want it to go to collection, so what are my options?