Originally Posted by WhiteOut
It is also fair of them to expect the house to be in such a condition that it is showable.
Not really. When you signed a lease you didn't sign a contract to be a real estate agent, you assumed quiet enjoyment of the property for the lease term. A house can be clean, but not really showable. I once rented a house the owner was trying to sell, and prospective buyers would show up unescorted with no notice and demand to see the house. They would beg and cajole us, stating they just wanted a quick look. We would tell them to set up an appointment with the agent, and refuse entry into the house. We ended up moving out before it was sold because of the hassle (at the end of our lease.) What you should do is approach the owner and get some money off the rent in exchange for keeping the house presentable.
As to the door and stain repair, if you didn't want to be overcharged, you should have fixed it yourself before the management company noticed the problem.