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, small dents, scrapes, or cracks in the walls
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 on 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 are 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.
Damage on wall from hanging plants that may have leaked water 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 your pet nails
Doors with holes or pulled 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 cracked or 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, ceiling fan bulbs and refrigerator bulbs. As a general rule of thumb, if you bulb has a threaded base you could be charged.
Carpet Install Date
Months You Lived There
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