Here’s the difference between wear and tear and tenant-caused damage.
What passes as normal wear and tear in a property, and what constitutes damage? As you can imagine, that is one of the most common topics we discuss with tenants. This is crucial because if a tenant does damage, they’re responsible for the harm done. However, they’re not responsible for natural wear and tear, since anyone could have contributed to that.
Here’s a helpful chart to show what is normal wear and tear and what is tenant-caused damage:
Type of Material
Average Useful Life
Normal Wear and Tear (Landlord’s responsibility)
Tenant Damage (Tenant’s responsibility)
Gently worn carpets that show worn patches but no holes or stains
Pet-caused damage such as heavily stained carpets or rips
Fading of flooring due to sunlight exposure
Deep scratches or pieces of floor missing
Dirty grout surrounding tiles
Broken, chipped, or missing tiles
Lightly scratched glass or worn/loose hardware
Broken glass, ripped screens, broken hardware
Scratches and light watermarks
Chips, burned areas, or multiple stains
Cracks caused by settling
Holes, damage from hanging pictures/art
Fading due to sunlight and minor scuffing
Scribbles and unauthorized paint colors
If you have more questions about this or any other topic regarding property management, please give me a call or send an email. I would love to help you.