Hi thank you for your article, I want to ask usually my tenants request me to repair during the occupancy, such as damaged doors, I will repair it quickly. If this belongs to tenants’ responsibility for damage, not normal wear and tear, it does not show in the move-out condition, because I repaired it upon tenants requests, so in this case, can I still deduct their deposit as it is damage caused by tenants. Thank you very much!
Thanks for visiting our site and for posting on the forum. Great question. Generally, in order for you to deduct something from a tenant’s security deposit, it has to be documented that it was tenant caused damage and it exceeded normal wear and tear. You’re correct, typically, deductions are made upon move out and are noted in the move out checklist. However, if the tenant caused damage during their tenancy and you already fixed it, that’s a different situation. I would suggest taking before and after photos and making notes of the damage, including the date it was caused. It’s also a good idea to let the tenant know, yes you will fix it but upon move out the cost to repair the damage will be deducted from their security deposit. That way, there won’t be any surprise deductions. If you have further questions about the legalities of security deposit deductions, I recommend consulting with a local real estate attorney.
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