The house hadn't been painted or maintained in 6-7 years despite the owner and 3 other tenants having lived in it. During the stay, when we asked for a house painting, he asked us to pay for it and when we said it hadn't been painted for this long, he lied that it was 2 years ago.
1) I checked with the previous tenants and all confirmed that it was never painted and those arbitrary colors always existed.
2) While we pushed for the inspection when moving in, the owner's broker didnt document it, and at the time of leaving, the owner deducted money for structural issues as well as for all historical repairs.
3) We had negotiated down our rent escalation after 1-year. This was mutually agreed upon between both parties. When leaving, the owner deducted the differential of what he expected and what we had agreed at the time of renewal.
We threatened the owner with a legal notice and that's when he refunded the amount on structural repairs. He didnt refund anything else and since we had already relocated to the UK, we found it difficult to pursue as he lives in the US and his family is in Mumbai.