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Did you ever send the tenant a bill for the damages at the time they were repaired?
The problem here is that normally a security deposit is only to be used for damages at the end of a tenancy, any cleaning, late fees and delinquent rent.
With that said, since these are damages, I think you could legitimately still deduct the damages from the security deposit for the costs and then send the tenant an itemized invoice showing the deductions to the deposit.
The new owner could then demand that she replace the deposit up to the prior amount or hold her in breach.
As an aside, in addition to being an attorney, I have also been a landlord for over 26 years...
Ok, then you would definitely have grounds to hold them in breach and deduct for those "damages" that the tenant caused.