What can a landlord charge a tenant for after they move out?
Can my landlord sue me for interior and exterior paint, plus grout cleaning if our lease does not state that we had to clean it before moving out? Our lease says that we were not to paint without the landlord's permission and the 3 times I asked him (while living there) if I could paint and he said no. When I moved out he still would not allow us to paint but hired a perfessional and charged us $2,481.78. But when he went through the courts he only put the amount of $1,913.00, so I don't even know what that amount is for. This is on top of a deposit of $925 and a credit $300.
Generally, landlords may charge for:
1) Cleaning that is beyond normal wear and tear; e.g. if you spilled motor oil on a rug, or had bad pet stains.
2) Repairs, caused by your damage to the premises.
3) Unpaid rent.
He can't charge for regular maintenance or the ordinary cleaning expected at the end of a tenancy. If therefore the painting is landlord's choice--he wants to freshen the space up--he should not be able to charge you. If you marked up the paint badly in some way, it may be legitimate. It depends on damage you caused (he can charge you) vs. normal maintenace or normal wear and tear (he can't).
The landlord is not required to let you paint. But he can't charge you for painting that he wants to do, either, unless you did something making it necessary--something beyond simply living there.