Carpet Replacement

By Lauren

My husband and I have been renting our home for 5 years now. Our carpets are disgusting. It’s mostly our fault. We have pets and have had some potty training issues. I just found out that I’m pregnant and am really concerned about our carpets. Our landlords said that they could have the carpets cleaned but they would charge us for it. I unfortunately think that they are beyond cleaning and just need replaced. Our landlord stated, however, that they will not replace them only have them cleaned at our cost. Is this the norm? 

Edited on: Monday, April 6th, 2015 5:06 pm

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Carpet Replacement

By anonymous

I have rented my apartment for 2 years and just recently moved into a new place. I have two dogs and one cat, and paid a $585 refundable deposit, and $200 non-refundable pet deposits per pet, to a total of $1085 total deposits. At the end of my lease, my landlord informed me that I would be responsible for replacing the carpets due to pet urine stains. The total cost she said was over $2500, and after my $1085 in deposits, she said I still owe $1419. During my lease, I also paid a total of $1340 in rent increases over a period of 24 months because I had 3 pets ($40 per month for the first 5 months, $60 a month thereafter). In conjunction with rent paid, extra rent paid due to pets, and my initial deposits, I don\’t feel I should owe any money to replace the carpets. In addition to this, the carpets were 2 years old when we moved in and 4 years old at the end of our lease, which with an expected life of 10 years, is 40% depreciated already.

Can I really be responsible for the extra $1419 when I paid so much extra rent for my pets every month?

Edited on: Thursday, November 21st, 2013 3:08 pm

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I need to get carpet replacement

By Tenant

I have been renting my apartment for 10 years, and the carpet is worn out.  When should carpet been replaced after normal wear and tear?Do you have solution for carpet replacement ?

Edited on: Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 7:09 am

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June 1st, 2009 6:55 am

The actual life cycle of carpet in a rental will vary depending on the quality of carpet purchased. However, as a good rule of thumb 5 to 10 years is typical life cycle of carpet. If you are wanting your landlord to install new carpet it shouldn’t be out of the question. The one thing you will want to look at is your current rent. Has your landlord been keeping up on rent increases and is charging you market rent? Or are you getting a deal thats below market rent? If your landlord is charging market rent, you should expect the landlord to replace the carpet at his cost. But, if you are getting a deal, you may have to negotiate a rent increase to cover the cost. You can also negotiate to pay for a part or all of the carpet, but I would only do that if you are planning to stay a long time.


June 3rd, 2009 6:30 am

I used to sell carpet for the carpet giant– Most carpet has a life of 10 to 15 years. Either way, I would think your landlord would prorate the repair cost.


June 3rd, 2009 8:04 am

I’m not sure about how long before carpets are no longer usable, but I do know that if there is damage above normal wear and tear such as a hole or stain in the carpet, the landlord will have right to charge you replacement cost to repair the damaged carpet. You might be stuck with a replacement bill. I would do everything possible to prove that the damage is from normal wear and not from abuse. (Take Pictures)


December 4th, 2012 9:19 am

You can mentioned from how long did the landlord put up the carpet in your room, was it from at the start when u rented the apartment or after few years. normally a carpet long last by around 8 to 10 years.


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