Can a landlord charge a non-refundable "Cleaning Fee"?
Absolutely legal. You know about it up front and make the choice to rent or not. Perfectly legal. Edit to Add: It wouldn't matter if it were a $500 deposite. If it were printed in the lease agreement, and you went through with the transaction anyway, you are still bound because the obligation the landlord has of informing you had been fulfilled I know this isn't what you wanted to hear, but it's honesty.
by Steph - 21 hours ago
Are you referring to the Landlord Tenant Act? A landlord can legally charge what ever they want as long as it is in the lease and you are made aware of it before signing. If you signed the lease before you read it, you shouldn't have. Check w/ your state because where I am, after the first 6 months the landlord owes you the interest on your security deposit money. So maybe you can get some of that back! Good luck!
by birdee - 21 hours ago
I agree with you but you will have to read the contract you signed.
by deirdre - 21 hours ago
This is legal in CA, as are non-refundable pet fees, key fees, etc. I do not know what you read, but you are not interrupting it correctly. Also, the cleaning is applied after, not before move in. The landlord can not charge a tenant for cleaning something they did not have anything to do with. 200 will pay for professional carpet cleaning in LA, and that is about it.
by Landlord - 21 hours ago
I had the same situation a couple years ago at my old apartment. It is a carpet cleaning fee and it is legal.
by Meghan - 21 hours ago
The cleaning fee is probably for carpet steam cleaning, which is likely to have been done before you moved in. Either way, just pay this "cleaning fee" to your landlord. He or she probably has a discounted rate agreement with a steam cleaning agency, so he or she can get it done at a cheaper rate than you could were you to try to clean it yourself. Around $75 is reasonable.
by MXS - 21 hours ago
I do not agree with your logic And what professional cleaning service do you know in LA that isn't going to charge you $200 to *thoroughly* clean the place when you leave? Cleaning the place before re renting it includes carpet cleaning, total scrubbing, etc. It is a lot of work. You know the fee up front. If you do not like it, do as the other poster said, and find a place that has a refundable cleaning fee, or none at all.
by Genuine Guidance - 21 hours ago
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