"Who is responsible for re-painting a rental between renters? Can this expense be taken out of the security deposit of the previous renter?"
Submitted by John from Indianapolis, IN
This is a pretty common question for most landlords. Rules regarding security deposits vary by location, but generally a landlord can withhold a security deposit if the tenant has caused damage beyond normal "wear and tear," has unpaid utilities or rent, or had agreed to a cleaning fee in the lease. Check with local laws for details on the reasons why a deposit can be withheld.
When it comes to painting, a portion of the security deposit could be withheld if the tenant had caused damage that necessitated the painting. However, if a landlord just want to give it a refreshed look, that is not something that could be deducted.