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rental35243

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i hired a company to clean dirty oven, sink, stove, master bedroom shower place that tenants claimed they had someone cleaned. I took before/after photos and videos  .
The clean lady found there are some scratches on 6 burner stainless control panel. I bought new stove top and panel last July, and put two new filter on downdraft, It is still new, with that being said the tenants never use it. That also explains why my cabinets near by stove are so dirty. i can't just replace control panel can I deduct small amount from security deposit for damaged control panel without replacement?
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It depends on your state.  Some allow for estimated damages.  Others require actual itemized expenses and receipts.  Make sure you have before and after photos of the specific damage for which you are charging them to prove the damage was caused by the tenants.  It also has to rise above the level of normal wear and tear.  Your local judge might consider this damage 'normal' if it makes it to court.  

I would definitely charge them for the extra cleaning if it wasn't left in the condition you gave it to them (e.g., dirty cabinets).  Call an appliance repair company for an estimate to repair the control panel.  Itemize all of the damages and send them the notice according to your state's SD laws.

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Thanks so much for your helpful reply!  
It has been terrible experience with first 6 month lease. I just received an email from moved out tenants and stated that i violated North Carolina rental law 42.55 REMEDIES & 42.50 DEPOSIT FROM TENANT that i do not know until i read the email.
so they demand to get full refund of security deposit. They said if i don't refund full amount they will file it to the court 

i initial hired rental property management but because we don't agree to buy with 1,000,000 insurance to cover ourself and rental property management so they cancel service. 

 i am sure if i have case to hire a lawyer to fight it over to the court
i am not seeing any legal advisor here, please feel free to post comments and suggestions. You are not responsible for anything you say.

Thanks in advance!

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Check with a lawyer ASAP (I'm not one).  It sounds like they know more about the landlord-tenant laws than you do.  That is never a good thing. 

What part of the law did they say you violated?  Did you not itemize the security deposit deduction?  Did you hold too much in security deposit.  Your lawyer will tell you what to do next to remedy the violation.  The key will be to act fast.  

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only violation they said is that I did not inform him the name of the bank here I hold on his security deposit after property management cancel service the one month security deposit was transferred to me.  I did sent them itemized deduction receipts with xls. Yes, I need to consultant with a lawyer. Hope I can find a good lawyer.Thanks for your advice!

For cleaning service for failed clean areas, do I need to have clean company to write up for each item? i.e, clean greasy oven = $x, clean stain stove = $y.... 
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I'm sorry, but your English is so bad it's hard to tell what exactly you are asking.

Please go to an attorney, they will take care of things for you.
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