The Big Move: My daughter owes her former landlord $5,000 for water damage, even though they ignored her requests to fix it. What can she do?

by | Apr 15, 2023 | Stock Market

Dear MarketWatch, My daughter moved out of an apartment in 2021, and moved out of state. When she moved back home to Maryland, she tried to find an apartment.  Unfortunately, she has been unable to find one because her former landlord said that there was water damage in the kitchen under the sink and between the wall.

Furthermore, the landlord said she owes them $5,000 for the replacement. Potential landlords now see that on her credit report, and they will not rent to her.  The leak happened during the pandemic, and my daughter said she called maintenance many times, but she never got a response from the landlord’s office. This was her first apartment and, like most young people, she did not pursue the issue. She left the apartment believing the leak was the landlord’s responsibility.

“‘My daughter said she called maintenance many times but she never got a response from the landlord’s office.’”

She knew about the faucet leaking, so she kept a thick towel between the faucet and wall to soak up water. She moved out of the apartment in March 2021.  The original management company sold the apartment complex, and the new landlord raised the rent from $890 per month to $1,200 per month.  I told her to go to the housing authority to see if they could negotiate for her. Is she legally responsible for water damage? Trying to Help ‘The Big Move’ is a MarketWatch column looking at the ins and outs of real estate, from navigating the search for a new home to applying for a mortgage. Do you have a question about buying or selling a home? Do you want to know where your next move should be? Email Aarthi Swaminathan at [email protected] Trying, This is a hard one to figure out, due to the fact that you are writing on behalf of your daughter — so it’s not easy for us to reconcile cert …

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