With the percentage of renters on the rise for the last 25 years, there are a lot of things that need to be made clear. If you’ve never rented before in your life, there can be a lot of hidden tricks to deceit you out of your money. Whenever you are renting a property, you will have to pay a security deposit.
- Broken doors and locks
- Broken fixtures and tiles
- Broken windows
- Tears and holes in the carpet
- Stains from pets
- Mold in the bathroom
- Holes in walls
- Other excessive damages
It’s also important to know what is considered normal wear and tear.
- Faded paint and wallpapers
- Furniture marks in carpet
- Broken appliances from normal use
- Rug wear and tear caused by normal use
- Broken light bulbs
- Picture and pinholes in walls
All of the above are okay, if not excessive.
Q: What is considered “carpet damage”?
Carpet damage in a rental property is one of the most common problems that a tenant may face. Because of this, we would suggest that you first discuss with the landlord the state of the carpet at the time of moving in.
Note any problems, tears, holes or dirt with him. You can clean it after, or you can demand that he hires a professional carpet cleaning crew to do it.
If that is not possible to do, then we would suggest that you clean the carpet as best as possible. Normal wear and tear on the carpet won’t be enough for the landlord to deduct cash from the bond. However, if there are any new holes, stains, or tears, then this is not considered normal wear and tear, and you will most likely have to pay for the cleaning, fixing, or the complete change of the carpeting.
Q: What is “normal wear and tear” on a rental property?
As mentioned above, a landlord cannot charge you for normal wear and tear. Many tenants wonder what is normal wear and tear, it’s everything from faded paint and wallpaper from the sun, to discolouration in the carpet.
Sometimes, in high travel areas, slight tears in the carpet may be considered normal wear and tear, but we suggest discussing this with your landlord.
Q: Do tenants have to pay for carpet cleaning?
The answer to this question is that it depends on your contract. If your contract demands that you have to hire a professional company to clean the property, then you should hire a company to do the cleaning.
Keep in mind, that the landlord should deduct the amount from the security deposit, and he should pay for the cleaning.