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HelloThis Samuel. A landlord may deduct the cost of fixing any damages to the property caused by the tenant or the tenant’s guests. This does not include ordinary wear and tear. Wear and Tear would mean if you had to paint after 3 years but not because the colors are "offensive" or were not approved by you before it was painted. I suggest you take photos of the walls in case the tenant files a lawsuit. You can show the judge what was done, without approval and that it was not just normal wear and tear.
You also can deduct for any cleaning of the unit, if there is cleaning that needs to be done again beyond normal wear and tear. For instance if there are huge stains on the carpet or they never cleaned the bathrooms, etc - again take photos.
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Yes. It is not considered "normal" wear and tear. Fingerprints on a wall is normal wear and tear.