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Re: Renter painted cabinets without permission by Anonymous on September 29, 2017 @11:28

                              
It won't work that way. Getting an estimate is fine, but you must first change the cabinets back to the original stained hardwood, and then present the bill to the tenants. Otherwise, what tenant is going to pay you in advance, and then maybe, either during the tenancy, or after the tenant leaves, you don't change the cabinets back as you promised. The tenant would be out their money, and could sue the LL to get it back.
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Re: Renter painted cabinets without permission by Anonymous on September 29, 2017 @12:55 [ Reply ]
yes it does work that way. the landlord can and should demand payment for damages right away. the lease probably provides for this issue already. and no, the landlord does not have to change it back before presenting the bill, but should change it back at the termination of the lease.
    Re: Renter painted cabinets without permission by Anonymous on September 29, 2017 @13:58 [ Reply ]
    Could you please name something that a person would pay the whole amount of an estimate to repair something, upfront ? Roofs, furnaces, water heaters, appliances, air conditioners, cars, and work done by electricians, plumbers, carpenters, carpet cleaners, painters, mechanics, etc., all give someone estimates, but do not expect anyone to pay their bills till after the job is done.
    Even the LL/T laws in all the states say you must repair the damage done by tenants first, before showing bills and receipts that you are deducting out of a tenants deposit. I realize that sometimes a company may want a person to put down a 10%-%20 down payment on a large project, but not the full estimated amount before a project is even started.
    And I doubt if a judge would evict someone based on a tenant not willing to pay for fixing damages they caused, before the damages were repaired, and the security deposit was used up.
Re: Renter painted cabinets without permission by Gernot on September 29, 2017 @18:13 [ Reply ]
The landlord does not have to "first change the cabinets back to the original stained hardwood". The landlord may take the cost of restoring the cabinets and apply additional funds to upgrade the cabinets if he'she wishes. There is no law requiring the landlord to restore the cabinets back to their original condition. Only that the amount that was charged to tenant is applied toward the cabinets.

Painting the cabinets is a lease violation and not a security deposit issue. The lease most likely states that the tenant is responsible for the cost of tenant caused damaged and must pay the amount to repair upon the landlord presenting the invoice/bill for such damage. Accepting rent while the landlord knows there is a lease violation may mean the landlord waives their right to pursue damages at a later date. This is a lease violation and not a security deposit issue.

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