Typically, the landlord has a month from the end of tenancy to resolve security deposit issues, so you should give him at least 30, probably more like 35 - 40, days before bringing a legal action.
You are correct that a landlord may not charge you for repainting unless you (or a family member, guest, pet, etc.) did something beyond normal "wear and tear" requiring repaining (or wall repair and repainting). For example, you left large markes on the paint from moving furniture in and out; you put an excessive number of holes in the walls, which had to be filled, then repainted; a child drew or painted on the walls; etc.
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