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Jun. 27th, 2005

I got a letter from my old apartment complex yesterday.

Somehow they missed the boat that I was leaving the apartment at the end of April, and they're trying to charge me for the month of may, all the utilities, late fees, service fees, a re-key fee, fees for the disconnection of utilities, and a bunch of other crap. To the tune of over $1500.00.

Of course, I get to "dispute" the charges.

So I did. I went through their itemized list and disputed the charges that were asinine. By my calculations, they end up owing me something like $70. I also mentioned the 60-some dollar bump in my electric bill as a result of their remedy for the flooded apartment (four days of having the electric furnace maxed out at 99 degrees, several industrial fans and two industrial humidifiers running 24 hours a day).

At this point, it's merely annoying.

Of course, if they decide to get pissy, there is this little tidbit of the Iowa rental law:

A landlord who fails to provide a written statement within
thirty days of termination of the tenancy
and receipt of the tenant's mailing
address or delivery instructions shall forfeit all rights to withhold any
portion of the rental deposit
. If no mailing address or instructions are
provided to the landlord within one year from the termination of the tenancy the
rental deposit shall revert to the landlord and the tenant will be deemed to
have forfeited all rights to the rental deposit.


They sent their notice at about 40 days. I have the lovely dated letter and everything.

I'm willing to work with them. I figure somebody just screwed up the paperwork and didn't communicate my tenant termination notice properly. Of course, if they decide to get pissy, there is this little tidbit of the Iowa rental law:

A landlord who fails to provide a written statement within
thirty days of termination of the tenancy
and receipt of the tenant's mailing
address or delivery instructions shall forfeit all rights to withhold any
portion of the rental deposit
. If no mailing address or instructions are
provided to the landlord within one year from the termination of the tenancy the
rental deposit shall revert to the landlord and the tenant will be deemed to
have forfeited all rights to the rental deposit.


They sent their notice at about 40 days. I have the lovely dated letter and everything.

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