Wear and Tear

Wear and tear is a commonly used phrase in a lettings agency office. But it is commonly misunder...

Wear and tear is a commonly used phrase in a lettings agency office.  But it is commonly misunderstood as well.

There can be an expectation of some landlords that the property should be left in exactly the same condition when a tenant leaves their rental property as to when they moved in regardless of the duration of stay.  This is an unrealistic expectation.

To simplify the concept of wear and tear the following lists highlight those aspects that are wear and tear and those that are not:

Wear and Tear

* Scuffs on walls and doors

* Furniture dents in carpets

* Faded curtains

* Discoloured sealant


Not Wear and Tear

* Stains on carpets

* Dirty oven

* Overgrown garden

* Ripped curtains

* Missing items

The above lists are by no means exhaustive but a guide as to the common types of discrepancies at the end of a tenancy.

A red wine stain on a carpet for instance is definitely over and above wear and tear and the landlord will be compensated by the tenant to have the stain professionally removed.

Light scuffs on walls fall within the boundaries of wear and tear - something that occurs in a property regardless of who lives in it.  A punch hole in a wall of holes that are made without being filled in on the other hand do constitute damage and need to be rectified by the tenant.

A lot of it boils down to a common sense approach and bound by the realm of reasonableness.


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