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Old 10-28-2013, 08:13 PM
 
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Hello all. So my landlord informed me last week that he will be selling the house we are currently renting from him, at the end of the lease, which is December. We have lived here for 4.5 years and kept the origin paint on the entire interior. However, in some areas the paint has faded. What is expcted of us upon move out? I know that we are responsible for returning the house to its condition before we moved in. Does this include repainting the entire interior? Thanks for any advice.
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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I think you should patch all nail holes and touch them up. Test out the old paint in a place to see if the color still matches (likely it will be lighter on the walls than the stuff in the can). If it doesn't match, you should get a match for touchup.
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:33 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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...in some areas the paint has faded.
What is expcted of us upon move out?
Not painting anything.

You are responsible for returning the house to its condition less wear and tear.
Paint fading isn't damage.
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Not painting anything.

You are responsible for returning the house to its condition less wear and tear.
Paint fading isn't damage.
Agree. It should be just normal wear and tear. What state are you in? Read your tenant laws for your state regarding your security deposit and what the LL can deduct for.

Security Deposit Law Guide 50 States | Landlord.com
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:52 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I agree with others, that should fall under normal wear and tear in just about every state. Verify that with your state landlord tenant law.
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:02 PM
 
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Not painting anything.

You are responsible for returning the house to its condition less wear and tear.
Paint fading isn't damage.
Oh thank god. Its a 2000 sf house. Ill do the touch up stuff like cover nail holes like Squirl suggested.
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:04 PM
 
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I live in Arizona. The link says landlord can keep deposit over anything above wear and tear.
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:21 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Oh thank god. Its a 2000 sf house.
Ill do the touch up stuff like cover nail holes like Squirl suggested.
After 4-5 years of steady tenancy even nail holes sorta fall into normal wear and tear too
as that is often the cusp for when a complete re-paint (faded?) will become in order.

Unless you have some really ugly and awful gouged out holes...
I wouldn't volunteer to even do any of the spackling. Not yet.

Start by talking to your long term LL who is about to sell the house.
With a new buyer coming in....
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:35 PM
 
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After 4-5 years of steady tenancy even nail holes sorta fall into normal wear and tear too
as that is often the cusp for when a complete re-paint (faded?) will become in order.

Unless you have some really ugly and awful gouged out holes...
I wouldn't volunteer to even do any of the spackling. Not yet.

Start by talking to your long term LL who is about to sell the house.
With a new buyer coming in....
No, nothing larger than nail holes from pictures and cables for the ethernet and phone/cable lines. I sent my LL an email to see what else we should do upon move out in order to get our deposit back. We have made slight improvements to the house. The bathroom didnt even have anything so much as a towel rack. So we added one, plus a cabinet. We also replaced two faucets, one in kitchen and the other in the bathroom. The faucets we replaced with permission from LL but never charged him for the hardware or installation. We just wanted something with less corrosion and more functionality.
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Riverside Ca
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Wear tear. Paint fading is simply just crappy paint and too much sun. You shouldn't be held liable. Not your problem.
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