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Re: Renter painted cabinets without permission by Gernot on September 29, 2017 @18:13

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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