Wear and tear

By Tenant

As a tenant it is your responsibility to make sure that the apartment that you are renting stays in perfect order and condition before you move out or before your lease is up. It becomes quiet a hassle and a fuss if you are being charged of wear and tear by your landlord after you moved out.

To prevent things from going out of hand by the time you move out, you must make a list or take a picture of the condition of the house before you move in in order to have a reference to what the apartment must look like after you move out so that your landlord cannot charge you excessively for wear and tear.

How can you know if the landlord is charging you the right amount for wear and tear? Here are some tips:

  • Do a walk through. Before moving in, always do a walk through of the entire apartment to know what state it is in. I suggest you make a list or even take a picture of the fixtures, carpets, etc. of the apartment for future reference. This will also help you to determine if your landlord is over charging you for the repairs to be made after you move out for future tenants to rent the apartment.
  • Hire a professional. A week or a few days before you move out hire a professional to check the state of the house. If there are any repairs in the fixtures that needed to be repaired or mess that needs cleaning so that by the time your landlord makes an inspection you won’t have to think about spending too much for wear and tear charges.
  • Know your local state laws. Every fixture and feature of the apartment have its own life expectancy, it is better for you to know what its life expectancy is and what your state laws stand on it. Who knows maybe the law is on your side and it will help you in a way where you don’t have to through a lot of fuss for wear and tear.

Edited on: Thursday, March 7th, 2013 11:26 pm

15 Responses to “Wear and tear”

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March 8th, 2013 12:00 am

Is there any way I can get out of wear and tear problems?


March 8th, 2013 11:20 am

How can you know what age your carpet is before you move in?


March 8th, 2013 10:20 pm

Can I ask my landlord to take out the carpet before moving in to prevent paying for wear and tear?


March 9th, 2013 9:40 am

What is normal wear and tear?


March 9th, 2013 8:40 pm

Do I have to pay for the holes on my wall due to posters?


March 10th, 2013 7:40 am

My landlord charges me for everything in the house even though everything is in good condition after I left.


March 10th, 2013 7:00 pm

Can my landlord charge me for wear and tear when nothing was damaged with his fixtures on the apartment I rented?


March 11th, 2013 6:20 am

Landlord who overcharged wear and tear is an a$$.


March 11th, 2013 5:20 pm

Should I pay my landlord for wear and tear even if it is just a normal wear and tear?


March 12th, 2013 4:20 am

Can I get my security deposit in full when there is no wear and tear to pay for?


March 12th, 2013 3:20 pm

Is it legal for my landlord to hold my deposit until I Pay for the “damages” he said I made to his apartment before I move out?


March 13th, 2013 2:40 am

What does state law says about wear and tear in CA?


March 13th, 2013 2:00 pm

My landlord insists that I pay for the replacement of the carpet in the apartment I rented before I move out


March 14th, 2013 1:00 am

What can my landlord hold me for wear and tear?


March 14th, 2013 12:20 pm

Can my landlord charge me for wear and tear even if it does not state on the contract I signed?


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