Can my landlord charge me for repainting after living there 2 years?

I moved out before my lease was up but I am willing to pay the rent up until it was re-rented. She is charging the unpaid rent plus painting fees and advertising fees. Wouldn’t she have had to advertise anyway, even if I hadn’t moved out early?Also, we never had the natural gas hooked up (we used electric space heaters in the winter to avoid the expensive natural gas rate) and now she is saying we owe $270 to the utility company due to not hooking up gas for more than one year. Can she make us pay this? I am willing to pay for normal wear and tear but this seems excessive.

Asked on August 14, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Oklahoma

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The answer to your question most likely lies within the presumed written lease agreement. Read it carefully in that its terms and conditions control the obligations between you and the landlord as to the lease. Ordinarily, painting of a rental is part of the ordinary wear and tear of a rental where the tenant would not be responsible for the costs of such.

From what you have written, it would appear that you owe nothing to the landlord.


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