What to do if my tenants moved out and a room needs to be repainted?

My tenants moved out on the last day of their rental agreement. Nothing was cleaned. They pulled something off the wall that left 2 medium sized holes in the plaster. There are also more than 66 small to medium holes in my walls, fireplace and bookcase. They claim they are entitled to hire their own contractor. We have 3 estimates from well known painters. Do we have to allow them to use their own painter?

Asked on July 16, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania


Andrew Goldberg

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No, No, and No! Because you are the landlord and you own the property, you get to pick the painter. If you have escrow, you can apply that to the painting cost. Make sure to take multiple photos of the damages and keep them, in the event you end up in District Court. Make sure to get a written estimate outlining the work and costs and make sure the etimate/bill is reasonable. If the tenants won't pay, you can file a civil complaint in  the District Court wherein the rental property is located.

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