Thanks for submitting your question to Just Answer. You asked: If they don't put back to the original can i have the work done and deduct it from security deposit!! Chicago,Il The answer is Yes. The purpose of the security deposit is to guarantee that the property is returned in the same condition as it was when leased. At least in at least as good or better. The agreement to return the property to it's original condition is contained in the lease. Your tenant might argue that you gave permission for the alteration, but it is not in writing and therefore not enforceable against the terms of a written lease.
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