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I currently have a property in which the tenants lease is up August 30th. They have asked for 1 month extension to vacate, which I accepted. I decided to list the property and upon inspection there where several issues that need to be repaired. Can I charge the tenants for these repairs out of their deposit? Repairs needed Replace damaged siding, screen door, drywall damage, paint, carpet repair, and damage to personal property lawn mower. I am doing the repairs myself.
Asked on August 22, 2017 under Real Estate Law, South Dakota
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 6 years ago | Contributor
You can charge for damage which exceeds normal "wear and tear" given the length or duration of their tenancy, BUT you cannot charge for your own time: you can only charge for payments to third parties, like contractors, and for materials/supplies.
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