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Wear and Tear Explained

Landlords and renters should become familiar with the term "ordinary wear and tear" and "not ordinary wear and tear". The tenant/landlord relationship impacts when the tenant moves out and returns the apartment to the landlord. Generally the charges for not ordinary wear and tear are taken from the tenant deposit.


Rental payment provides for ordinary wear and tear. Usually if all the item(s) in the apartment remain in use and in normal appearance, it would be considered ordinary wear and tear. The landlord expects the unit to be returned in the conditioned originally rented by the tenant.


The following is NOT considered "ordinary wear and tear":



-broken
-cracked
-scratched
-soiled
-torn
-stain
-altered
-or even missing


To correct a specific concern may require a total replacement. For example:


-appliances
-flooring
-holes
-window covering
-plumbing fixtures
-shelves


A careful inspection is recommended to inspect everything in the apartment.

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