Should the tenant or the home owner be responsible for carpet stains at the end of a 3 year lease?

  • October 17 2011 - Wilmington
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Profile picture for shasta_steve
Well the tenant would be responsible to remove the stains but only to a certain extent.  You never said how old the carpet was.  If the carpet is now older than10 years then the landlord should not be able to collect anything as that is about how long the carpet should last.  If it is only 3 years old then the tenant should be responsibe to remove the stains up to 70% of the replacement value of the carpet.  The landlord does not get to replace the carpet and bill 100% to the tenant as carpet has a life expectancy.    Most places set that at 7 to 10 years with 10 being common.  
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Profile picture for Sharon Lewis
Let's think this through, who  made the stain, can it come out of the carpet, if so, then the tenant needs to clean the carpets and remove the stains. If not they should be charged, if it is a stain that cannot be removed. Surely we can't expect a homeowner to replace carpet every time they rent. The tenant needs to be careful. Accidents happen, if the tenant spills wine or something like that, they need to call their insurance company.
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how exactly did the stain get there?   I mean...if the tenant spilled grape juice on the carpet it's their responsibility.
more than likely the lease has some language about the carpet and cleaning and so on.

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The tenant if they caused the stain.
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I think it depends on whether or not the stain would be considered reasonable wear and tear.  If it's reasonable wear and tear, then it should fall on the homeowner.  If not, then the tenant.  The trick is to decided upon what qualifies as reasonable wear and tear.
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