Carpet replacement laws

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Security deposit is required from tenants by the landlord before moving in a rental property. This will be held and used by the landlord to pay and cover any costs on repairs for any damages the tenant might do with the rental unit during his stay. Disputes on wear and tear in the unit that the tenant is responsible to pay for repairs and security deposit refund are the most common dispute between landlord and tenant.



  • Renter responsibilities.  Security deposit is asked for a reason and that is to cover any repairs that will be made to the unit by the time the tenant decides to move out. Thus, tenants are asked and required to leave the rental unit in the same condition it was when they moved in but if the tenant vacates the unit in any other condition then the landlord can use the tenant’s security deposit for the repairs including carpet damage as long as it is not a normal wear and tear and cleaning of the place for the next occupant. Tenants are responsible for any damages they may have done to the rental unit.
  • Wear and Tear. According to state laws normal wear and tear made to the carpet are allowable as long as it is really normal wear and tear. Normal wear and tear includes the wearing of the carpet naturally due to regular use, furniture marks and aging. The landlord cannot withhold the tenant’s security deposit if the damage is just normal wear and tear and not caused by the tenant. In addition, tenants are not responsible for any defects on the carpet that existed before they even moved in.
  • Damage and Replacement. If the carpet in a rental unit is damaged and needs to be replaced, the tenant is not responsible to buy a new carpet all by him but instead he is only responsible for the prorated price to the damage he caused to the carpet. For example if the tenant damages the carpet and was cheated three years out of the life expectancy of the carpet thus he is only responsible to pay the prorated amount of the 3 years.

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Edited on: Thursday, January 16th, 2014 2:24 am
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