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painting after 11 months by Ted (California) on November 10, 2017 @09:35

My tenant stayed in our condo for 11 months. We had to repaint after her. I will charge her $50 for some nail holes in the walls. Should I charge some portion of the repainting as well? We normally do not charge tenants if they stay for a couple of years.

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Re: painting after 11 months by Anonymous on November 10, 2017 @10:26 [ Reply ]
Are you repainting the entire condo or just a wall? Why is painting needed, because of damage? Do you not allow your tenants to hang pictures? Not enough info given to provide an answer.
Re: painting after 11 months by Garry (Iowa) on November 10, 2017 @20:26 [ Reply ]
When charging a tenant for any damages, always think of 3 things------whatever the charges are, can you prove they are beyond normal wear and tear, and are the former Ts likely to take you to court over the charges? The 3rd is----what do you think a judge will say, and can you(LL) win your case? To me, 3-4 dozen nail holes total, covering several walls in several rooms, are normal wear and tear, whether a T has been there for 6 months, or 16 years. EVERYBODY puts up pictures of family, friends, vacation , weddings, etc. on several walls, all over their home/ apartment, to make it feel like HOME. And some people use larger nails or screws to hang up heavier things, like big-screen TVs. It's a normal thing to do, just as walking on a carpet in certain pathways to get to rooms.
So, do you think a judge would side with you, that it's damage beyond normal w+t ? As far as repainting goes, I believe a judge would ask you why you charged a T for repainting, when you should have been using washable paint, and just charge the T for cleaning, not painting. With all that being said, my opinion is, if you just charge the T $100 for cleaning only, yes, they will disagree with you, but that is not a big enough amount, that they would be willing to spend more money to take you to court over it.

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