Monday, August 27, 2018

Paint job

Lately, I feel like every time I deal with people, I hate all of humanity.

We recently moved out of an apartment where we had lived for eight years.  During that time, we never got a paint job.  So I assumed any damage to the paint on the wall would be something we wouldn't be responsible for, given places need to be painted more frequently than that.

So I was really surprised when we got a bill for $140 for painting the apartment from the giant company that owns our complex.

When I called, they complained that there were stickers on the wall that were "difficult to remove" and had to be sanded off.  I find it really hard to believe that a child's sticker required more than soap and water, but whatever.  I didn't even think of it.  Then they complained there was some crayon on the wall, so the whole place had to be repainted.  I said that in eight years, weren't we entitled to ONE free paint job?  They said no, that they expected the walls to be in the condition they were when we entered eight years ago, except for "minor touch ups." 

Also, we paid to have the apartment professionally cleaned when we left, but I forgot to tell her to clean the fridge.  So we got a bill for $130 for cleaning of the fridge and oven.  Except the oven is self-cleaning.  So it's $130 to clean a fridge apparently.  I should get a job cleaning refrigerators.

Then they told us like they were being so nice to us that we didn't have to pay for them to replace the carpet, which wasn't even new when we moved in.

I mean, it's not a huge amount of money but it's the principle of the thing.  We lived there eight years.  I feel like we're entitled to one paint job, for god's sake. 


  1. They are so full of shit, fizzy. I’m sorry you had to deal with that. I remember once when I moved out I cleaned the refrigerator and on top of it, and got a bill anyway. When I complained they said I had forgotten to clean on top because I guess this is common. It was very difficult not to lose my shit at them. Hope your new place is awesome.

  2. If the power to your empty apartment was turned off for any period of time, then $130 to clean out whatever grew in your refrigerator might be considered a steal.

  3. What state do you live in. I believe laws differ state to state but in California, the landlord is required to re-paint prior to a new tenant moving in without charge. Also carpet would be deducted based on lifespan, such as if the carpet was rated for 10 years, and new when you moved in, you would be only required to pay 20% of the new carpet fee. Might be worth it to double check the local regulations.

  4. Having been in property management (Oklahoma)... that is bull hockey! I'll give them the stickers but that shouldn't have been more than a few dollars. $130 for the fridge is ridiculous!