Normal wear and tear describes things that happen every day in the normal course of living. Today, we’re sharing landlord tips about how to distinguish between these incidents of wear and tear and tenant damage, which is different.
What is Normal Wear and Tear? Some Examples
Normal wear and tear includes turning faucets off and on, opening and closing blinds, paint fading over time, and carpet that is faded by the sun. There’s always going to be the opening and closing of doors and cabinets. Finger marks will be left on cabinets and things will wear out over time. Small nail holes in the walls from hanging pictures can also be considered wear and tear, and caulking around bathtubs and showers or baseboards is also wear and tear. Owners need to be aware that normal wear and tear does occur, and they’ll have to deal with those things financially when they happen.
Defining Tenant Damage
These examples of normal wear and tear is contrasted by tenant damage. With damage, a tenant’s security deposit can be charged after the end of the lease. These occurrences might be indelible stains in a carpet, where someone has spilled something that won’t come out. Magic markers, pet stains, and things that are obviously broken like blinds that have broken slats or pieces that have been ripped out of strings are all examples of damage. Large bolt holes or nail holes in the wall where a television mounting bracket has been
hung goes beyond wear and tear. Damage might include broken doors and hinges or excessive nail holes where a lot of pictures and art have been hung, and there are repairs and touch ups that are needed.