Is a tenant responsible for the repainting cost of a house when they move out?

David Marcus

These questions have been causing a lot of debate online, so today we decided to make some research regarding who is responsible for repainting cost after a tenant move out.

On this post, we are going to cover up all what to do and not to do as s tenant and at the end you’ll figure out the right person to pay for repainting when a tenant move out.

These mostly depends on where you rent apartment, some state approve normal wears and tears with other circumstances while some do not allow.

Also, it’s generally depends on the agreement you had with your landlord. For example, if you move in to a new apartment then you don’t like the interior colours, you can have a discussion with your landlord to repaint and he will now let you know if you’ll be responsible for the cost of repainting when you’re moving out.

Landlord are responsible for the normal wears and tears. If tenant cause extra damage to the walls more than the level of normal wears and tears. Then yes, the tenant will be responsible for cost of repaint.

Nail, and kids scribble the walls can cause a lot of damage to the paint and this is the responsibility of a tenant to pay for it.

Is tenant responsible for repainting when moving out?

In one word, the landlord is responsible for normal wears and tears except the tenant cause extra damage to the property.

What to do if your tenant damage the house and run away from the cost of repairs

First thing is the access your property and do some inspection on the damage. Take a photo of it for proof then list out the estimated cost of repairs

Secondly, check on how much was the security deposit? If the security deposit can handle the cost of the repairs, then you withhold it.

If the security deposit is not enough to cover up the cost of repairs, carefully read the least agreement if it includes any legal documentation related to repairs and who’s responsible for it. Follow up the lease agreement and address it accordingly.

Thirdly, reach out to your tenant and let your tenant know there was damage when moving out. Then provide him with the evidence (documentation) which is the lease agreement. Request payment for the damages.

Finally, If your tenant refuses to pay for the damage. Raise a claim in the court with your proof. It can be a small claims court based on the amount of damages.

Is tenant responsible for cleaning the house before moving out?

There’s no way you’ll expect others to clean up the mess done by you. So is your full responsibility as a tenant to clean the house before moving out otherwise landlord can hire a cleaner to take charge of the work, then deduct the cost from your security deposit.

3 Biggest mistake tenant make before moving out

Most tenant involve themselves in problem which may end them up in spending unnecessary. So on this part, I’ll listing out the 3 biggest mistake to avoid when you are about to move out of any lease you rent.

1. Not reading the lease agreement documentation: Be sure to read your lease agreement carefully to know the rules and regulations. it’s protect you from getting into issues with your landlord.

2. No inspection: Be sure to go around the lease, note on any damages and take some pictures if possible. Make sure to inform your landlord If there’s any damages.

3. Moving out without landlord knowledge: Never choose to move out without landlord notice. You can be legally evicted for violating the rules and regulations of your lease.

Reasons why tenant break their lease and move out early

There are thousands of reasons why a tenant break their lease and move out early. Below, I’ll list out some acceptable reasons that enable you to break your least without ending up being charge.

  • Medical Reason: This happen when you are not able to live alone again due to your health condition, which may require close attention and care.
  • Getting Married: Marriage can also be the reason you break your lease without any legal charge. For example, your current lease is 1 room apartment. You may need to move to a bigger apartment for enough comfort.
  • Job loss / Job transfer: This is the process whereby you lost your work or the company you work for transfer you from one location to another. The best choice is to break lease and move out in other to avoid high transportation from home to work.
  • Insecurity: Landlord not providing adequate security to tenant satisfaction may lead to early move out.
  • Noisy neighbors
  • Financial changes
  • Dissatisfaction with landlord who refuse to make normal wear and tear repairs


Generally, any damage aside the normal wear and tear to the lease, you should always be ready to pay for the cost of repairs as a tenant. So we’ll advice you to avoid extra damaging to the property. Always remember that repainting the walls without notifying your landlord is a least violation.

FAQs ( Frequently Ask Questions)

Let’s look at some of the questions people keep looking for about this topic in the internet.

1. Can my landlord subtract my security deposit for repainting cost?

At times, painting is considered as normal wear and tear unit. But if you left the wall so unkept and dirty with so much hammering of nails in the wall, the cost might be subtracted from your security deposit.

2. How much does repainting a house cost?

This depends on your location and how big your house is. The average cost of repainting a home is $2.7 – $3.5 per square meter.

3. how to calculate cost of repainting inside a house?

First measure the square footage of the area, then Calculate the quantity of the paint to purchase and add it with the cost of labourers to know the estimated cost.

About David Marcus

David Marcus is a well known real estate agent and a web blogger, who have been in the industry for the pass few years and proven himself as one of the top real estate expertise in Nigeria. He had genuine passion for real estate. He’s also behind the success of, where he serve as an author and publisher before he now decide to establish his own brand funded.

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