One of the most common reasons for landlords and tenants to fall out is disputes over the deposit after a tenant has moved out of a rental property. We’ve created this handy guide to help you understand what is possible to claim from your tenant’s deposit.
In essence, fair wear and tear is the amount of damage that is expected to naturally occur over the course of a tenancy, instead of being the result of the tenant neglecting or abusing the property.
Carpets – if the carpet has some areas of light wear or patches but hasn’t got holes or stains, typically after five years, this is considered reasonable wear and tear. Damage to carpets is usually in the form of stains, burns, rips or holes and damage caused by pets.
Many disputes between landlords and their tenants can easily be avoided if both parties are clear about what constitutes damage to a property caused by a tenant, and what is considered reasonable wear and tear resulting from the tenant’s occupancy of the property.
Landlords can reduce the impact of wear and tear on their properties by regularly carrying out maintenance checks and repairing anything that looks worn or damaged. This will help to keep their property in an overall good condition and is a great way of avoiding any grey areas that might crop up.
Online letting agents like LetBritain can help you manage your property investment, so you don’t have to worry. Services such as routine inspections, maintenance arrangements and administration relating to a tenancy are all taken care of for you.
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