Posted by Provost on November 13, 2001 at 00:54:24:
In Reply to: Re: security vs wear and tear posted by Jeremy on November 12, 2001 at 23:53:11:
The tenant is under no obligation to "maintain" common areas.
However, the tenant must not DAMAGE said areas. It's obvious that damage was done by the tenant's bicycle. The tenant here could have taken the bull by the horns and approached the landlady about this before leaving. Maybe proposed doing touch up painting himself if that's what was needed.
Instead he "pretended not to notice" the obvious damage that he caused. The landlady noticed, had it repaired, and took it out of his security deposit. Now all we're haggling over is price. Without seeing the damage its impossible to say what is fair, but hiring crews of painters is not cheap.
Lesson here: Try not to damage common areas. If you do, discuss damage and asses repairs with the landlord before you leave.
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