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I have been renting for 3 yys. The carpet is 6 yrs old & needs to be replaced. What % do i owe?

The carpet was in good, but far from perfect condition when we moved in.  It is now spotted and worn, and needs to be replaced.  The landlord wants us to pay for the new carpet.  I don't think I should pay the normal wear and tear %.  Also, the landlord wants us to repaint house on the way out. We did not paint the walls, but they show normal living marks and some holes from picture hooks.
  • June 02 2010 - US
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6 year old carpet has an UNUSED life of 4 years according to most manufacturer's website so you would be responsible for 2/5 of the replacement.

Paint the walls that you damaged and that are marked.  Good paint is now WASHABLE so you might want to discuss this option with your landlord if he wants to pay for the upgrade

  • October 19 2010
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You have some great advice there.
  • October 18 2010
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@mhelzy:   CA tenants rights booklet has the following statement: "However, a large number of holes in the walls or ceiling that require filling with plaster, or that otherwise require patching and repainting, could justify withholding the cost of repainting from the tenant's security deposit."   We always spackle and paint where picture hooks have made holes in walls, so disagree with your interpretation.  One or two are fine, dozens are not.    There is nothing in the CA tenant handbook saying only big holes. . 
  • October 18 2010
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We looked on renters rights in CA, and it says we are not responsible for paint, normal wear and tear on carpet and not responsible for the holes in walls from pictures unless they are from fists, I would look that up first before being bullied into something that is not legally your responsibillity
  • October 18 2010
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Check your lease to see if any of these conditions are in the contract. Also check the laws in your state.
  • June 15 2010
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The others have given you good advice.

Holes in the walls from picture hooks may be your responsibility, and if you've made stains on the carpet (coffee, wine, etc), then those may be beyond normal wear and tear.   Please investigate your state's tenants' rights and responsibilities (easily pulled up on google).



  • June 02 2010
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Your best bet is taking a small piece of the carpet from inside a closet corner or from underneath a baseboard to three local carpet stores. You need to get at least 2 statements about how much it would cost to replace it and how long the lifespan of that type of carpet is. There is some info online here and here stating that the life span of low end carpet in a rental is about 5-7 years. As a tenant, you have a responsibility to leave the carpet clean, but not the responsibility to replace it if it has reached the end of it's life span. Save any receipt for renting a rug cleaner for court to show that you left it clean.

As for the paint, your best bet is TSPing the walls so they are clean and "spackling" any picture holes. You can use craft store paint from Michaels to tint the spackle to the approximate color of the walls. Make sure to take pictures before you leave of every wall and carpet surface. Leave the unit clean, get a statement about the carpet and take pictures how you left the place so that if you go to court, you can win.
  • June 02 2010
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Check the laws in your state and look at your lease- Did your landlord do a move in inspection with you? Did you agree to repaint, did you go over the condition of the property when you moved in?

As a landlord, we expect normal wear and tear on our properties. We do a move in inspection- take photo's, make a note of conditions, dings in the walls, carpet stains, etc. We also do a move out inspection- with the tenant- and if the property is in the same condition as when the tenant moved in (minus regular wear and tear) they receive their deposit back. We expect carpets to be cleaned, home and yard to be cleaned. If the tenant painted or damaged the walls, they're charged to have them repainted. If they damaged the vinyl flooring, they'll be charged to repair or replace.

After 6 years, I would expect to be replacing carpet and vinyl. You may want to price carpet (and get some written quotes) at a few stores so you are not overcharged by your landlord. Hopefully you can come to an agreement that's acceptable to both of you.
  • June 02 2010
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