A.D. CANTELMO REALTY/TONY CANTELMO
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TONY CANTELMO






A.D. Cantelmo Property Management
Our Business is Property Management in Orange County California

Deducting from the Security Deposit

When a Landlord is going through a property on the final inspection, they have to decide what if any damage to the property is the Tenants responsibility and what is normal “Wear and Tear”. As I have stated in other articles, if a Tenant disputes any Security Deposit deduction and it ends up in court, judges lean towards the Tenant, and the Landlord must bring in proper evidence and proper receipts.
Let’s look at what is proper for the Landlord to deduct and what is “Normal Wear and Tear”.

Cleaning the Property


A Tenant must leave the property as clean as it was when they moved in. A Landlord is allowed to deduct from the Tenant reasonable cost to clean the rental unit. For example, if the Tenant had a pet and the Landlord needs to eradicate fleas, cleaning mildew in bathrooms, washing the floor, cleaning the carpets. A Landlord can charge for the cleaning only if the property was clean when the Tenant moved in.

Painting

If there are paint issues in the property, a Landlord must determine if the paint wear is normal aging, or if the Tenant is responsible. If the paint is over 2 years old, it would be difficult for a Landlord to charge a Tenant for painting. Minor marks or nicks on the walls are the Landlords responsibility, but large holes on the walls or ceilings that need patching or re painting, can be deducted for.

Carpet

Carpet damage must be calculated, by looking at the life span of the carpet. If a carpet has a lifespan of 10 years, then a Tenant can only be charged for the remaining life of the carpet. For example, if the carpet needs to be replaced and the replacement cost is $1000, and the carpet is 5 years old with a lifespan of 10 years, then the Landlord can deduct from the Tenant for ½ the cost $500.


These rules are not set in stone and a Landlord and Tenant will have to use common sense when looking at the condition of the property.
The cleaning and painting and carpets are common issues, but there may be other issues, like broken faucets, or dog damage to the walls, or damaged appliances, or leaks that have not been reported and have caused wood damage.

This is why both the Tenant and the Landlord must take good pictures when the Tenant moves in the property, so they can look and compare on the date the Tenant moves out. You can put notes down, but looking at the photos will be important when disputes arise. I take photos of everything including under sinks and in closets.

We all know how much Tension can come from the issue of the security deposit and both the Landlord and the Tenant must use common sense when deciding if any deduction is reasonable. A Landlord must take in consideration how long a Tenant has been in the property and how much of the damage is normal “Wear and Tear”, or negligence on the side of the Tenant. Both parties should do what they can to stay out of court and come to a mutual agreement.




A.D. Cantelmo Property Management Specializes in Property Management in Orange County Ca.

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5 reviews 5.0 star rating 1/21/2016 I was tired of using a large management team to manage my investment property. I felt I was always on the back burner. I was recommended to Tony from a business associate, he assured me I would be very pleased. Well that was an understatement, Tony is amazing. He's above all honest and always available for my concerns. I'm not as well versed as other investors with property management and maintenance and tenant relations, Tony has been an excellent partner and has guided me through quite a bit of needed repairs and worked far beyond what was expected to help turn my little investment into quite a prosperous investment, If what your looking for is prompt return calls, honest direction and someone very knowledgeable with general contractors and real estate laws, Tony is your man. Angela

 

~ Angela

5 reviews 5.0 star rating 1/21/2016 I was tired of using a large management team to manage my investment property. I felt I was always on the back burner. I was recommended to Tony from a business associate, he assured me I would be very pleased. Well that was an understatement, Tony is amazing. He's above all honest and always available for my concerns. I'm not as well versed as other investors with property management and maintenance and tenant relations, Tony has been an excellent partner and has guided me through quite a bit of needed repairs and worked far beyond what was expected to help turn my little investment into quite a prosperous investment, If what your looking for is prompt return calls, honest direction and someone very knowledgeable with general contractors and real estate laws, Tony is your man. Angela

 

~ Angela

"10 out of 10 I am so Happy Since I left my old company and I joined AD Cantelmo Property Co I am stress free I live in a different state and this company watches my house and always Mr Tony Cantelmo is on top of things I really want to thank you for what you do for me and I would really Recomend this Company to any and every one Thank You again. Shawn" ------------------- "I need to trust the people I work with and I trust Tony. He stays on tops of things, communicates well, and gets things done. He not only gets things done but he gets things done the right way. Jim"

 

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