mtheisner, Renter in Los Angeles, CA

How long does my landlord have to produce receipts for spot painting.?

Asked by mtheisner, Los Angeles, CA Thu Nov 29, 2012

She sent us the remainder of our deposit but with a flat rate of $400 taken out that said "spot treatment on walls". we moved out on Oct 27th and received the rest of the deposit on Nov 16th. It is now Nov 29. She has not responded to requests for the actual receipts because $400 seems high for spot treatment over nail holes that I already covered. I would have done it myself but the paint I was told to purchase from the manager was the wrong shade.

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You should get all receipts within 17 days of terminating your lease.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 6, 2012
A great place to go with questions like these is to the Department of Consumer Affairs

and view the tenants and landlords rights and responsibilities to get some very good guidance in situations like these. And the site also features a complaint section in case you need help with enforcement. This information will be helpful to you if you end up filing a small claims action.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Dec 2, 2012
If you choose to pursue this, small claims is a quick and easy process. The forms are online and the filing fees are low.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 29, 2012
I would request a receipt ASAP, but don't know the timelines- you should ask an attorney; I would guess 30 days if you were there less than a year and 60 days if you were there more than a year. I know that landlords are allowed to charge extra fees (20-25% of the cost) for themselves. They might even take into account the extra day(s) that the unit is left vacant due to this painting. Sorry.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 29, 2012
In California your landlord is supposed to send you the remainder of your deposit within 21 days of your move-out date, along with an itemized statement of any deductions along with receipts. Sometimes the 21 days arrives before all bills are in hand, so an estimate is needed with a follow up correction statement later including any receipts.

Make sure to send a written request in the mail and email as well. If not, your only recourse is a civil suit which would probably cost more money and time than it is worth.

I just spot painted a one bedroom apartment and I was charged $375 if that helps at all.

All the best,

Jessica M. Acker
Wellman Realty Company
Wellman Property Management, Inc.
(310) 828-3132 Office
1415 Stanford St., Suite #2
Santa Monica, CA 90404
License # 01894323
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 29, 2012
You need to look at your rental agreement to find the answer to your question. This should be clearly spelled out.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 29, 2012
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