The California Civil Code section 1941.3 directs landlords to provide clean and habitable domiciles to a tenant. It means you can also count carpet cleaning as your right under this section.
If you are moving in as a tenant and your landlord asks to pay for carpet cleaning without you being responsible for it, then it is not a fair ask from his side.
Security Deposit Related Laws: It includes, – General information about landlord and tenant – The rent amount that the tenant has to pay every month – Security deposit details
California Civil Code: The California civil code allows landlords to impose a cleaning charge on tenants if the carpet is excessively dirty.
A landlord can charge the tenant in case of excessive wear & tear and highly filthy carpet while moving out.
In California, a landlord has 21 days to return the whole amount of the security deposit. And if he finds any damage on the carpet or other parts of the rooms, then he can deduct an appropriate amount from the deposit.
He can, – Increasing the rent or asking for a lump-sum payment to recover the cleaning charge. – Recovering from security deposit by showing it as an action against more than normal wear & tear.
The best way to tackle or avoid such a situation is to have a clear discussion or get a cleaning agreement signed.