Can a landlord sue me without any signed lease or agreement?
Question Details: I moved out on the 1st of august, left my security deposit to cover the rent for august, cleaned my apartment thoroughly including carpets and my landlord is trying to sue me for cat pee on the carpet which she said my "family member" told her about. Can she do this to me? How does she have proof?
It is legal in the sense that if the landlord believes that you damaged the apartment, she can have you pay for it--and since you left the security deposit for the last month's rent, you left her no choice but to sue you for the money.
Whether she has proof is a different story, but if there was no cat pee on the carpet before you rented (and she has some evidence or proof of that, including anything signed by you that the apartment was in good shape, photographs, a receipt for carpet installed just before you moved in) but there's cat pee now, you--as the renter--would be responsible for it, even if it hadn't been your cat. The landlord doesn't need to prove how it got there--just that it got there on your watch. Also, if there are "witnesses" saying that a cat peed on the carpet while you were there, that bolsters her case.
Conversely, if you can show the damage was there before you moved in (such as with photos) then you are not responsible for it.