Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee

Q: Can landlords to deduct from a security deposit the cost of paint in a rental home in TN?

My former landlord is attempting to deduct the cost of repainting nearly the entire interior of the home I was renting from my security deposit. The paint hasn’t been damaged more than normal wear and tear (nail holes and drywall anchor holes, both were present in a smaller quantity when I moved in) and the lease makes no mention of paint or putting holes in the walls.

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Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
  • Brentwood, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: They can charge for items above normal wear and tear. Sounds like the answer to your question is likely "no" and you're not being properly charged. But without seeing the property or knowing more, hard to say for sure.

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