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Re: Security Deposit Use

Posted by Philip Kremer on November 22, 1998 at 04:37:23:

In Reply to: Security Deposit Use posted by Jason Gonder on November 06, 1998 at 10:27:41:

: I am getting out of a lease with a wacko landlord and she's trying to convince me that they have the right to deduct the cost of repainting (even though there is no damage done to the walls) from my security deposit. She says they repaint every time a tenant moves out regardless of the condition of the walls. There is nothing in my lease about their doing this once I move out. Is this legal?

In the State of Connecticut, the courts recognize normal repainting
as one of the landlord's responsibilities. The tenant would automatically
win at small claims court (housing session) on such an issue.
"A tenant is not responsible for routine cleaning, repainting, and correcting minor damage."
Dell'Oro v. Kelly, No. CVBR 9207-01546 (July 22, 1992), SNBR #384.
Grzewinski v George, No. CVN-9003-914-BR (November 6, 1990), HNB #930.
Fish v. Dudzikowski, HHD #116 (1980, SPADA, J.)

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