Tenants just moved out after 2 years. The paint was fresh when they moved in, but I now have to paint the entire house. Every room has a crayon scribble on at least one wall, and hand prints and smears on all of the others. (See photos below.) Cleaning will not get it off, not even a magic eraser. It is unreasonable to charge them to paint the house? I certainly do not paint my own house every 2 years (more like every 10!) so I feel like this is above normal wear and tear. Should I charge them the full amount I am paying the painter, or like maybe 75% since some of it might be considered "normal wear and tear?" I anticipate we will have to take these tenants to court for damages above their security deposit and unpaid rent, so I am trying to be very careful in what I decide to charge them for to make sure it will hold up in court.
Lovely drawings: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v212/Gretchen333/IMG_2510_zps0dc3513e.jpg
Dirty, DIRTY walls (the pictures don't do it justice!): http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v212/Gretchen333/IMG_2502_zps474e7753.jpg