those end tables were not worth 200 dollars
May 27, 2009 8:29 PM Subscribe
Can my landlord REALLY send this to collections?
posted by vas deference to Law & Government (15 answers total)
I ended up in a really terrible situation around a year ago. I leased a room in a house. Each room was leased out individually. The landlord's daughter lived in one, and had some furnishings. The landlord was truly awful--she would come inside the house with absolutely no notice and never fixed anything that should have been fixed(the back door was bolted shut AND open to the elements, if you can believe that). To make a long story short, she's absolutely nutso and completely irrational.
Her daughter moved out halfway through the year and left some furniture. There was furniture in the house from previous tenants as well. I was doing some cleaning and donated two end tables to Goodwill. I was positively certain that they belonged to someone who had been evicted--NOT her daughter.
After the nth time of her invading the house with less than 24 hours notice(and many times, no notice at all), I told her that I was going to terminate my lease. She accepted, and I moved out two months ago. Unfortunately, during yet another house invasion, she noticed that her daughter's end tables were missing. She freaked out and told me that she wanted $200 for them since they were 'not my property' and that I was only 'leasing a room'. That was also her excuse for coming into the house--I only had 'leased a room'. I told her that if anyone was to get money for the tables it should be her daughter, and asked her to have the daughter contact me so that we could discuss it. She told me that her daughter was too upset to contact me and that she was going to send the bill to collections. No furniture was mentioned anywhere on the lease.
Can she do this? What should I do? I also have not gotten my deposit back[$250]. I have paid all of my other bills in full. Am I wrong in thinking that she has no legal room to charge me for her daughter's possessions? I would GLADLY give her daughter the money if she asked me for it. It seems like the landlord is just trying to terrorize me for calling her out on her illegal activity, and using her daughter as a vehicle for it.
I live in Washington state, if that helps. I also have two other roommates who can vouch for her invasions and lack of repairs. blergh, I am so worried.