What is a reasonable amount to deduct from a tenant’s security deposit for fixing the kitchen hamper door and not leaving the apartment clean?

Asked on September 23, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Massachusetts


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

It's not amount of what is "reasonable"--it's what are your actual out-of-pocket costs. You cannot deduct for your own time or effort, or the time or effort of employees of yours, for doing these things. But if you have to bring in a carpenter or professional handyman to repair the hamper, or have to hire a professional cleaning service or rent a dumpster to clean the apartment out, you may deduct what you pay for those services.

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