My tenant has ruin my carpet between all of her cats and being just plain dirty. My walls need to be painted again before I can even put it up for rent. What can I or cant I charge her for, because she is wanting her full deposit back
Real Estate Attorney
There's ordinary wear and tear, and then there's abuse. If you allowed a pet without a pet deposit (many landlords simply make it non-refundable to allow for this kind of situation), you may be held to have assumed a level of pet "mess". But if the place needs a complete repainting and areas of the carpet are soiled beyond shampooing after a 1 year lease, that sounds like abuse. But remember you must return the deposit and/or with deductions/estimates and follow up with paid receipts within the statutory period, or you could be liable for full return plus a penalty!!! PS take pictures too......
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