If a landlord charges you to replace the heat lamp, who owns the lamp when you leave?
It's a funny trend out of a business journal lately, that apartment complexes are now charging for just about everything to squeeze money out of the tenants (pet rent and all kind of crap). One in Seattle reportedly charged a tenant a move-out fee of $5k to replace a whole apartment's hardwood floor without allowing the tenants to even check if it's replaced (while this complex charges pet rent, pet deposit, and "welcomes 4-legged friend", and the floor could be dented with a pair of high-heels, entrapment, any one?).
As a landlord, I find that weird, since I believe that rental does include maintenance and things like the fridge water filter should be replaced by ME, since the fridge will stay when the tenants move out. I just include the potential maintenance cost into the rent based on the amenities.
Do you agree? What do you think?