I'm looking for advice on the best course of action, here's the situation:
My ex-landlord has a picture of some paint spilled on the carpet in the living room of my old address. He claims to have replaced the carpet and, due to other unspecified damages and expenses, claims that the $1200 security deposit has been used up entirely on repairs, and that we owe $600 on top of the security deposit. I am skeptical that such damages to the house could amount to $1800, especially since the paint spot is the only evidence offered, and the landlord has not cited any other damage to the property directly, only that they vaguely exist.
I did not trash the house, I actually cleaned it well before I left, and I am unaware of any serious issues, we even had a cordial walk-through. I know me making this statement is pointless because it is my word against his, but bare in mind, the house was not in bad shape.
I am wondering if I have any legal responsibility to pay the $600 he claims to have spent in addition to the security deposit.
I also found out that he doesn't have a rental license, and so was renting this place to me illegally and therefore dodging business privilege taxes. I am certainly going to report him, but I am wondering if I have an obligation to pay the money, and how to address all of this with him.
Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.