Log In Sign Up
The Landlord’s Itemized List of Common Security Deposit Deductions

The Landlord’s Itemized List of Common Security Deposit Deductions

2 min read
Brandon Turner

Brandon Turner is an active real estate investor, entrepreneur, writer, and podcaster. He is a nationally recognized ...

View profile

As a Guest you have free article(s) left

Join BiggerPockets (for free!) and get access to real estate investing tips, market updates, and exclusive email content.

Sign in Already a member?

Nothing more motivates a tenant to replace dead light bulbs than knowing that if they don’t, their landlord can hire someone else to handle the task—at $5 a bulb, taken out of their deposit. Encourage them to think ahead (and stop any surprises) by providing them with a security deposit deductions list in advance.

Doing so motivates your tenant to do as much themselves as possible. Let’s face it: Moving isn’t fun. It’s hard work, and by the time the tenant moves into their new place, the last thing they want to do is deep clean the home they lived in for years.

But the responsible ones buck up and do it anyway. Focus your attention on the others, who aren’t so inclined.

In reality, some items may cost more and some may cost less. The point is showing the tenant what inaction will cost them. Probably a lot more than they think.

Related: Follow This Moving Out Checklist Before Tenants Leave

The Landlord’s Itemized Security Deposit Deductions List

While you can copy this list wholesale, we recommend paying attention to your own local market. If you know for a fact that your hardwood guy charges $1,000 per room, make that known to your tenant. The more accurate you can be now, the fewer surprised tenants you’ll deal with later.

promotion for how to become a landlord guide

Purchasing your first rental property is just the beginning of your real estate journey, because being a good landlord is almost as important as making good deals. BiggerPockets’ free guide How to Become a Landlord: Managing Rental Properties for Real Estate Investors will teach you everything—from setting rent to handling evictions.

General cleaning and repairs

  • Sweep, vacuum, and mop: $50
  • Dust and wash trim: $25
  • Wipe down walls: $25
  • General labor (cleaning, painting, normal repairs, trash removal, etc.): $25–$40/hour
  • Specialty labor (electric, drywall repair, plumbing, etc.): $70–$100/hour

Damages, repairs, and disposal

  • Repair drywall
    • 6′ by 6′ room: $75
    • 12′ by 12′ room: $150
  • Wash light fixture (each): $15
  • Replace interior door: $100
  • Replace exterior door: $250
  • Clean ceiling fan: $25
  • Change light bulb (each): $5
  • Replace smoke detector batteries: $25
  • Replace carbon monoxide detector batteries: $25
  • Replace smoke detector: $75
  • Replace carbon monoxide detector: $75
  • Replace window blinds: $40
  • Replace sliding door blinds: $60
  • Carpet cleaning (normal): $150
  • Carpet cleaning (deep clean): $200
  • Carpet spot cleaning (each): $15
  • Replace carpet (12′ by 12′ room): $500
  • Replace wood, vinyl, laminate, etc. flooring (12′ by 12′ room): $500
  • Repaint one room: $300
  • Repair kitchen cabinet: $150
  • Repair kitchen drawer: $150
  • Wash window (including tracks, inside): $20
  • Fill nail holes: $25
  • Replace interior door knob: $25
  • Replace exterior door lock: $50
  • Pest or rodent extermination: $150

Related: 12 Must-Ask Landlord Reference Check Questions

Exterior

  • Trash removal (per load): $100
  • Mow lawn: $35–$75
  • Weed flower beds: $35–$100

Cleaning: Kitchen

  • Clean kitchen (normal): $150
  • Clean kitchen (deep): $300
  • Oven and stove: $75
  • Refrigerator: $75
  • Dishwasher: $75
  • Microwave: $25
  • Cabinets: $200
  • Countertops: $25
  • Sweep and mop floors: $25
  • Dust and wash trim: $15
  • Wipe down walls: $25
  • Drip pan replacement: $35

Cleaning: Living and dining room, office, and recreation room

  • Cleaning (normal): $100
  • Cleaning (deep): $200
  • Sweep, vacuum, and mop: $50
  • Dust and wash trim: $25
  • Wipe down walls: $25

Cleaning: Bathrooms

  • Cleaning (normal): $100
  • Cleaning (deep): $200
  • Bathtub or shower: $50
  • Sink: $25
  • Cabinet: $25
  • Toilet: $25
  • Sweep and mop floors: $25
  • Dust and wash trim: $25
  • Wipe down walls: $25
  • Wipe down fixtures: $15

Related: What Landlords Should Know Before Evicting a Tenant

Cleaning: Bedrooms

  • Cleaning (normal): $100
  • Cleaning (deep): $200

Of course, make sure you add a caveat: “This list has been prepared for your information only. Actual charges will vary.”

manage rental property book ad

Landlords: Does your deposit deduction list look similar? Anything you’d add or change?

Be sure to leave a comment below!