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I recently moved out of an apartment in the Shipyard complex. I received my security deposit back with a deduction for $208.65 for “parquet floor damage”. I lived in that apartment for 3+ years and never had a pet. I have no idea how I could possibly have done that much damage. I felt like I was probably being charged for existing damage (when I moved in I noted there were several cracked tiles and scratches and even thought I asked repeatedly for them to be replaced they weren’t). I called the Shipyard’s management office and got no response to my voicemail. I then sent an email enumerating the reasons I felt the charge was unfair (ex: I thought I was being charged for existing pet damage and I never owned a pet, and when I moved out I asked to do a final walk thought was told “that’s not necessary.”)
Today I received an email back saying that the charges are not for the damages I described in the living area, but to the entryway. They attached this photo showing the so-called damages. I don’t see anything. I blew it up to a very large size and still see nothing. Do you? I called the office and was told that the photo shows discolored tiles and the building’s contractor assessed the charge at $208.65. I was also told that the contractor charges that amount as the minimum and that they refuse to give me a refund. So FYI if you move out of the Shipyard and the contractor finds even a single cracked or discolored floor tile, expect a charge of $208.65. I really find this charge ridiculous and I still really can’t even understand what is wrong with the floor. It was probably like that when I moved in and it never would have occurred to me to note it as existing damage. Doesn’t wood just have natural color variations?