Wear and Tear

During a tenancy general wear and tear should be expected. The tenant cannot be held responsible for changes in the properties condition as long as it falls within “responsible use of the property.” A number of factors need to be taken into account when considering damage or deterioration:

1.  The condition according to the inventory report at check-in / check-out
2.  The quality (therefore durability) of the item in question
3.  The length of time the property has been occupied
4.  How many occupants are expected to live in the property
5.  Any extenuating circumstances

The landlord cannot expect old items to be replaced with new ones, unless the items damaged are new themselves. It is important to remember that modern pieces of furniture may not be as durable as older, antique pieces.

Below are some guidelines for the anticipated ‘life expectancy’ of house decorations:

 

Family occupancy

Sole/couple occupancy

Emulsion covered walls

Non smokers

3 years

5 years

Permitted smokers

2 years

2-3 years

Wallpaper and similar coverings

High quality

5 years

6-8 years

Standard quality

3-5 years

5 years

Permitted smokers

3 years

3 years

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