My steel front door was cosmetically damaged: two gouges to the front. I repaired these gouges, with metal bonding "spackle" and sanding for a smooth, even finish. The result was a smooth service that only needed painting to match the other doors throughout the property. The damage to the door was cosmetic and would have been undetectable – the door's functionality was unaffected.
Instead of providing paint and inspecting the result before making a final decision, the property management company required and pursued full replacement of the door resulting in nearly $1600.00 in expenses for which I am now being held responsible.
Is this reasonable and am I legally responsible for this unnecessary replacement when the cosmetic repairs already underway would have sufficed?*smooth surface, not service.