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krisz

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My husband and I own a home that our adult intellectually disabled son and a caregiver live in. We rent it to the caregiver who is a subcontractor of an agency.  The agency hires and supervises the caregiver.
The caregiver was awful and was terminated Jan. 31 after 10 months.  He is demanding his $300 security deposit back. The master bath (which was the caregiver's bath) had a damaged ceiling. I hired a professional to mud and paint the ceiling for a cost of $175.  The master bath sink would not drain despite efforts to plunge it.  The plumber charged $90.  The original bedroom door was replaced with one that was stained a different color than all the other woodwork. It is almost purple.  It has different colored hinges.

The caregiver is claiming he did not do any of these things and says he will go to court to get his deposit back.  I did not do a walk through with him when he moved in.  I did not start learning about how to be a landlord in time.  We had one previous caregiver and she will say that the ceiling was undamaged when she moved out.  However I hope to avoid court.  Is it acceptable to charge for the ceiling repair, all or part of the plumbing bill, and sanding and staining of the door? He never reported any damage to us.

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The old caregiver might say the ceiling wasn't damaged, but will she spend her time going to court just to say that for you? You may or may not gain, she will definitely lose her time.

I think the main question is, how strongly do you feel a judge will side with you? Are you sure he will see things the way you do? If you take the deductions, would this person actually go to court over $300? Do you actually want to go to court over $300? 

Is there a bathroom above his bathroom that may have leaked? Is there any possible reason the ceiling would be damaged (besides crazy tenant, even then I can't figure out how I would destroy the ceiling even if I wanted to)?




krisz

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No, the bathroom that was damaged is on the 2nd floor with nothing above it.  The roof did not leak.
This guy took tawdry pictures of himself in this bathroom and I think he stuck the camera to the ceiling.
The bathroom is too small for another person to have taken them.

I know nothing about going to court and how a judge would rule. 

Thanks for the response.

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