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LANDLORD CHARGED TENANT $1K FOR STAIN ON THE FLOOR OF MASTER BEDROOM

Hi everyone, recently my rental lease agreement ended and there was some stains on the parquet floor due to our negligence. I am not how it got stained, i tried cleaning it but the protective film seems to peel off and the stains disappeared. However i stopped because the film might be protecting the wood, so we didn’t try to peel off all of it.

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** Note that i rented a master bed room and the stained area is probably 1/5 of the room.

After handing over, the landlord raised this issue on the stain and went to find a contractor to fix it. From the quotation (close to 1K with full of spelling mistakes), I felt that it was unreasonable due to the few reasons:

  1. renovation work done includes grinding of floor and varnish for entire master bedroom
  2. we found another contractor that is close to half the quotation but the landlord is saying that their conductor sounds more professional
  3. we are covering the cost for the entire masterbed due to work done that will result in 2 color tones. However we are also covering for damages that were caused by previous tenants (a circular heavy wear and tear with scratches) outside of the stained area.
  4. In the tenant agreement signed by both parties, there is a clause stating that I am only liable for damage cost by us as stated below : “This deposit shall not be utilised as set-off for any rent due and payable during the currency of this Agreement. Such deposit shall be refundable at the end of the term less deduction for damages caused by the negligence of the Tenant and of any breach of this Agreement.”
  5. Cost will be deducted based on quotation rather than receipt

Will need everyone’s advice on this as we felt unfair to be paying for the entire room instead of just the area we damage. So the question is, is it fair? The landlord has been dodging my question on splitting the cost.

PS, please pardon me if there are any spelling mistakes or incorherent English as it is 430am and I am stressing over this.

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