This is my first tenant that's leaving. Should I deduct from the deposit minor repairs to the sheetrock from screws, tv mount, and nails? Stains in the stairwell carpet? Other than that, everything is ok, thanks!!
It depends on your lease, and how long they’ve been there. Our lease has a statement prohibiting drilling holes in walls, so I would charge for anything larger than nail holes (unless the tenant had our permission). I allow tenants to put in nails for pictures, but other landlords do not. Carpet stain depends on severity and the age of the carpet. If the carpet is beyond its useful life, no, you can’t charge them for it.
Sounds like you have a pretty quick turnover; again, if they were good tenants and had been there awhile, and left the house clean (that’s a big one for me) I am likely to return the full deposit if there are only minor repairs. Often not worth getting into a dispute over.
Go to your lease to determine what the deposit is to cover. Your lease needs to be specific as to what tenants can and can not do. Separate actual tenant damage from normal wear and tear.