The landlordís photographs with the move-in inspection report signed by the tenant are sufficient evidence to confirm the condition of the garage on the move-in date. The court will not likely ask whether the garage door photograph was taken on the date of move-in or several weeks prior to move-in. The email communication from the tenant indicates that the tenant is being facetious and not serious about the damages.
The landlord should focus the replacement cost of the damaged panels in order to restore the garage door to original condition. The likelihood the court will reward the landlord replacement value of an otherwise functional garage door is highly unlikely.