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What is considered Normal Wear and Tear on a Rental Home?

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Florida Law allows for Landlords and Property Managers to charge for damages that occur to a property above “Normal Wear and Tear”.  This question is often asked however the government has not yet released any hard evidence to differentiate between what is Normal and what is considered Damage. In essence, a Landlord can expect that when a tenant leave a property, it should be returned back in it’s original condition, minus normal wear and tear.

 

Even the most conscientious tenant will cause minor damage over the course of a rental agreement which is typically referred to as “normal wear and tear”. It might include small scratches on the walls or paint, worn or slightly stained carpeting or other insignificant damage. Having to repaint the property, clean the carpet and repair a few minor items after each tenant moves out are to be expected due to normal wear and tear, and not something a Landlord can expect to charge tenants for.

 

We consider “Normal wear and Tear” to be the normal deterioration which occurs to a property naturally and without regard to any negligence, carelessness, accidents or abuse to the property by the tenants of their guests.

 

Damage would then be considered anything caused by the negligence, carelessness, abuse or accident of the tenants and their guests.

 

We have endeavored to compile a list of scenarios that are to represent a reasonable interpretation of the difference between Normal Wear and Tear and Damages. We use this reference to determine our charges and claims. Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list, and is meant as a rough guide only. Please also keep in mind that every situation is different and judgement calls must be made in the event an item falls between the two scenarios.

 

 

Wear and Tear

 

Damage

 

Small nail holes caused by “penny nails”

Large holes from screws, wall anchors or brackets

Faded or worn paint

Non-matching touch up painting or patching

Faded caulking around tub/shower

Missing or mildewed caulking

Hard water deposits

Dirt/mildew/mold build-up from preventable or unreported leaks or drips

Worn out keys

Broken, lost, or unreturned keys or knobs

Loose hinges or handles

Damaged doors or hardware from forced entry

Worn carpet traffic patterns

Torn, burned, stained, missing, ripped or snagged carpet.

Faded finish on wood floors

Scratched, gouged, warped, or water damaged floors.

Linoleum worn thin

Linoleum with tears, chips or holes

Worn counter tops due to daily use

Burned, cut, stained, scratched or water damaged counters

Stain on ceiling from rain or water leak

Unreported leaks, smoking, cooking grease stains

Faded, chipped or cracked paint

Unapproved or poor tenant paint job

Loose wallpaper

Ripped or torn wallpaper

Heat blistered blinds and frayed cords

Blinds with bent or broken slats

Hard to open window (sun damaged frame)

Broken window or tabs

Toilet rocking

Broken seat, tank top, chipped bowl, or running toilet

Musty odor

Urine, pet or smoke odor

Non-functioning smoke detector

Missing or detached detector

Non-functional light fixtures or wiring issue

Missing, burnt out, or incorrect light bulbs

 

 

These are some examples of the differences between Normal Wear and Tear and Damages in order to help Owners understand the differences and what can and cannot be charged in a security deposit claim.

What is considered Normal Wear and Tear on a Rental Home?

Florida Law allows for Landlords and Property Managers to charge for damages that occur to a property above “Normal Wear and Tear”.  This question is often asked however the government has not yet released any hard evidence to differentiate between what is Normal and what is considered Damage. In essence, a Landlord can expect that when a tenant leave a property, it should be returned back in it’s original condition, minus normal wear and tear.

 

Even the most conscientious tenant will cause minor damage over the course of a rental agreement which is typically referred to as “normal wear and tear”. It might include small scratches on the walls or paint, worn or slightly stained carpeting or other insignificant damage. Having to repaint the property, clean the carpet and repair a few minor items after each tenant moves out are to be expected due to normal wear and tear, and not something a Landlord can expect to charge tenants for.

 

We consider “Normal wear and Tear” to be the normal deterioration which occurs to a property naturally and without regard to any negligence, carelessness, accidents or abuse to the property by the tenants of their guests.

 

Damage would then be considered anything caused by the negligence, carelessness, abuse or accident of the tenants and their guests.

 

We have endeavored to compile a list of scenarios that are to represent a reasonable interpretation of the difference between Normal Wear and Tear and Damages. We use this reference to determine our charges and claims. Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list, and is meant as a rough guide only. Please also keep in mind that every situation is different and judgement calls must be made in the event an item falls between the two scenarios.

 

 

Wear and Tear

 

Damage

 

Small nail holes caused by “penny nails”

Large holes from screws, wall anchors or brackets

Faded or worn paint

Non-matching touch up painting or patching

Faded caulking around tub/shower

Missing or mildewed caulking

Hard water deposits

Dirt/mildew/mold build-up from preventable or unreported leaks or drips

Worn out keys

Broken, lost, or unreturned keys or knobs

Loose hinges or handles

Damaged doors or hardware from forced entry

Worn carpet traffic patterns

Torn, burned, stained, missing, ripped or snagged carpet.

Faded finish on wood floors

Scratched, gouged, warped, or water damaged floors.

Linoleum worn thin

Linoleum with tears, chips or holes

Worn counter tops due to daily use

Burned, cut, stained, scratched or water damaged counters

Stain on ceiling from rain or water leak

Unreported leaks, smoking, cooking grease stains

Faded, chipped or cracked paint

Unapproved or poor tenant paint job

Loose wallpaper

Ripped or torn wallpaper

Heat blistered blinds and frayed cords

Blinds with bent or broken slats

Hard to open window (sun damaged frame)

Broken window or tabs

Toilet rocking

Broken seat, tank top, chipped bowl, or running toilet

Musty odor

Urine, pet or smoke odor

Non-functioning smoke detector

Missing or detached detector

Non-functional light fixtures or wiring issue

Missing, burnt out, or incorrect light bulbs

 

 

These are some examples of the differences between Normal Wear and Tear and Damages in order to help Owners understand the differences and what can and cannot be charged in a security deposit claim.