Normal Wear and Tear
What Exactly Is “Normal Wear and Tear?”
  • Simply put, normal wear and tear is the expected decline in the condition of a property due to normal everyday use. You will not be charged for normal wear and tear.  Below is a list of what could be considered "normal wear and tear". 


This is damage the you DON'T pay for.

A few small nail holes, chips, smudges, dents, scrapes, or cracks in the walls

Faded paint

Carpet faded or worn thin from walking

Scuffed vinyl or plank floors from regular use

Doors sticking from humidity

Warped cabinet doors that won’t close

Shower mold due to lack of proper ventilation

Loose grouting and bathroom tiles

Partially clogged sinks or drains caused by aging pipes

Window blinds pull string broke

Bathroom mirror beginning to “de-silver” (black spots)

Worn gaskets on refrigerator doors

Smelly garbage disposal

Replacement of fluorescent lamps - these re the overhead bulbs typically found in your kitchen


This is damage the you might need to pay for.

Large holes in walls. Unapproved paint colors. Dozens of nail holes which need patching and repainting. Crayon marks.

Water damage on wall from hanging plants or constant rubbing of furniture

Holes, stains, or burns in carpet. Food stains, pet urine stains, grease stains, and leaky fish tank stains.

Chipped or gouged  floors, or excessive scrapes from pet nails

Doors broken, holes, or ripped off hinges

Sticky cabinets and interiors

Shower mold due to lack of regular cleanings

Missing or cracked bathroom tiles

Clogged sinks or drains due to any stoppage (hair, diapers, food, etc.), or improper use

Window blinds missing or broken slats

Bathroom mirror caked with makeup or hairspray

Broken refrigerator shelf or dented front panels

Damaged disposal due to metal, glass, or stones being placed inside

Replacement of most common light bulbs including LED bulbs that have replaced incandescent bulbs

Pro-rated Charges

Carpet Install Date

Months You Lived There

Previous Occupancy

Prorated Months

January 1, 2015




  • Some charges will be pro-rated based on their age.  For example, the normal life of a carpet is five years. If your carpet needs to be replaced you may be charged a pro-rated charge.   

This example assumes you moved out on December 31, 2019




60 months (normal life)  - 48 months (occupied)  = 12 months (lost)

$1500 replacement cost / 60 months expected life = $25.00 per month

12 months lost x $25.00 per month cost = $300.00 pro-rated charge