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Old 09-27-2008, 04:25 PM
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We have a condo that we have rented out and I need a clarification in that regard. I would appreciate it if someone could clarify.

We have a clause that requires the client to either fix any damages (stains, dents, etc) when they move out or pay us a certain amount per blemish for us to fix it. The tenant want to know if there is a cap but I don't believe it makes sense to have a cap as I would think the tenants should be liable for any damages they cause. Right?
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Old 09-27-2008, 07:05 PM
Location: Richmond, VA
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so the tenant is saying that, if you set a cap to $500 of damage that they have to pay for, they blow the place up... they only have to pay $500? doesn't sound right to me
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Old 09-28-2008, 06:42 AM
Location: Sterling, VA
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No, do not agree to a cap. Make sure that photos are taken before the tenant occupies the property and do an inspection (we call it a walk through) so that you both agree on the condition of the property (in writing). This will protect the tenant from any unreasonable claims from the landlord and will protect the landlord from a tenant who does damage and then says it was that way all along. I hope you are requiring a security deposit and have done a credit check and obtained references from the tenant's former landlords.
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Old 09-28-2008, 07:56 AM
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I would think the cap would be the same amount as the security deposit. Then whatever else damage on top of that they will have to pay.
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