Fair Wear and Tear

Fair Wear and Tear

There is a distinct difference between fair wear and tear and actual damage. For example, carpet tread will flatten over time, where there has been foot traffic, but cigarette burns and stains will require a charge from the Tenant. Normal wear and tear is a fact of life with rental properties, just as it would be at home. The best way Landlords and Letting Agents can ensure that the property’s condition is fully recorded, is by having a comprehensive inventory in place at the start of any new tenancy, and that a thorough check-in and check-out inspection is completed.

Please see below a table outlining a list to help Tenants and Landlords distinguish between ‘wear and tear’ and ‘Tenant damage’:

Wear & Tear

Worn out keys

Loose or stubborn door lock

Loose hinges or handles on doors

Worn and dirty carpeting

Scuffed woodwork

Lino flooring worn thin

Worn countertop

Stain on ceiling from rain or bad plumbing

Plaster cracks from settling

Faded, chipped or cracked paint

Loose wallpaper

Faded curtains and drapes

Heat blistered blinds

Dirty windows

Loose or inoperable tap handle

Toilet runs or wobbles

Urine odour around toilet

Sliding door off track

Tenant Damage

Lost keys

Broken or missing locks

Damage to a door from forced entry

Torn, stained or burned carpeting

Badly scratched or gauged woodwork

Lino flooring with tears or holes

Burns and cuts in countertop

Stain on ceiling from overflowed bath

Holes in walls from children or carelessness

Unapproved/bad Tenant paint job

Ripped or marked wallpaper

Torn or missing curtains and drapes

Blinds with bent slats

Broken windows

Broken or missing tap handle

Broken toilet seat or cistern tank top

Urine or pet odour throughout property

Damaged or missing sliding door

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