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No security deposit, what can the landlord charge?

“We moved into an apartment 3 years ago, and are planning to move out in a couple weeks. The landlord is going to do a walk through inspection, and I am curious if the landlord can charge us for things beyond wear and tear if there was never a security deposit collected. There is some fraying to the carpet, holes in the wall where we mounted a television, and a few dings here and there on the walls, but nothing really other than that.

I am a little nervous, as moves are expensive to begin with and I just want to get a grasp on what they can charge us for. I have heard some mixed info that carpets have to be replaced regardless between tenants and walls have to be repainted anyway, so can they charge for that?

I looked through the DC Tenant Survival Guide and most of this applies if you have a security deposit, and how to not get nickled and dimed, but this building never charged us a deposit. What really makes me nervous is that this building just changed ownership and is now managed by Bozzuto, one of the reasons we are leaving.

Any advice is welcome. Thanks!”

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