Hello. Part of it depends on how long the tenant was there. If they were there for a year and messed up the walls then deduct it. If they were there for way longer, like 4+ years I personally wouldn't charge them for the paint work/minor chips in the wall (large chunks are a different story). But I would deduct for the mini-blind.
I don't paint every turnover because I'm in C neighborhood with monthly rents ranging between $400-$650.
If I was renting out homes that rented for $1500+ a month I'd be more proactive in painting between tenants.
Hey Rob! If they were only there for 7 months, I would go ahead and charge them for painting the unit. As Karl said, it would be considered normal wear and tear if they were there at least 4 years. Make sure that you keep documentation (i.e. receipts for painters, supplies, etc.) on hand in the case that the tenants try and dispute the charges. In addition, I'd definitely go ahead and paint for the next tenants for sure if you're in a B neighborhood with a B property. Best of luck!
Unless that walls are bad I don't think it is appropriate to charge for repainting. If the only reason you want to paint is so it lookd fresh and clean for a new teant that is normal wear and tear. It is like driving a new car off the lot and the value drops 25% even though it is still a brand new car with less than 30 miles on it. The same is true with paint and carpet, If someone is only there for a week, there is going there is still going to be a reasonalble amount of wear and tear.
Some states are very strict about security deposits. In MD you can be forced to pay tripple damages for mis-handling the deposit. Make sure you look into the laws in your area.
I'm a little confused as to why the walls need to be repainted. If it is just a couple chips in the drywall and scuffs on the wall, I'd charge for the drywall repair and the touch-up painting. At worst, maybe only a wall or room would need to be repainted if it is too much damage for touch-up. However, if it is time to repaint the walls because the previous paint job is a few years old anyway, that is all the more reason to be fair with what you subtract from the SD. I just saw your second post. Half of the paint for the walls sounds very reasonable, assuming it was a decent amount of scuffs/minor wall repair.
Same thing with the broken mini-blind. If they are old, brittle, and worn anyway, I possibly wouldn't charge for that and just replace them. But, assuming they are in good condition, then that is definitely a fair charge.
I've only had more than one rental for less than 3 years, so I'm not the best judge of how often units need to be painted. The one unit I have had for 7 years has been repainted twice. I don't even know how long the paint had been there the first time I repainted. But I rented it that way for about 3 years. Then I repainted. due to no fault of a tenant, it was just overdue. Unfortunately, that paint job only lasted about 2 1/2 years because my last tenants in there just destroyed it. We even tried touching it up, but the end result looked horrible. It was just too much wall damage for touch-ups. So we totally repainted. Most of my other units were fixer-uppers that we repainted before renting them out. I've only re-rented one of those since I bought them and it did not have to be repainted. The paint still looks great in all of those units.
@Rob Wilcox I would recommend sending an itemized list with the returned deposit (this is what we did at the apartment complex that I worked at). If they want further proof, you can always email them the receipts of payment!
@Rob Wilcox , not sure your landlord tenant laws specifically, but most states do not allow you to charge for your time, only to charge for what you have paid out. Also, most states require you to return the deposit in full - or partially with an accounting for how you spent the amount that was not returned. Read your state's landlord tenant laws to find out how you are to handle this. Most have a very tight timeframe for return - like 3 weeks.
I think it depends on how much damage. If they're still in the area, I'd probably eat the expense. If they are as enthusiastic about you as you are them, they may very well leave you a solid review (and if you're not asking for one, you should!) and suggest to others that they use you. That, to me, is worth a lot more than $75 in spackle, paint and labor.
Now if they did $500 worth of gauges and need a gallon of paint, that's a different story.
For #2, no, I don't paint in between every time, but I do have a cleaning crew scrub down the walls and get as much 'scuff' off of them as possible.
My .02. Good luck!