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If something in the rental home gets damaged during your lease, you should make an effort to repair the damage yourself, if possible. If you do not repair the damage the landlord has the right to use your security deposit to pay for the repairs. Often, the cost of having the landlord find someone to make the repairs will cost more then if you try and fix the damage yourself or get someone to fix it for you. The amount of security deposit you get back depends on how close the rental property looks to the way it was when you rented it.