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FAIR WEAR AND TEAR?!

What is fair wear and tear upon a rental property?

Is this my rental property?

The tenant moves out and you are confronted with a place that you don’t recognise as yours. What was a pristine rental property looks decidedly dishevelled. What can be done?

Taking action

A landlord should have a rental deposit, if not why?  If the tenancy was pre 6th April 2007 then it's likely to be held by the landlord, otherwise it will  be under the provisions of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme.  Either way a landlord will need to dig out the property inventory prepared before the tenants moved in. The property inventory and its schedule of condition will be needed as a basis for any action.

Quality of a landlord's paper work

Any success in keeping / winning some of the rental deposit for any required repairs will very much depend on the quality of the ‘paper work’ that dates from before the ‘check in’ / ‘check out’. The details recorded in the property inventory relating to the condition of the rental property is key in this.  Ideally a landlord will have used a pro-forma such as the FREE Inventory Form available on Property Hawk, alongside a selection of photos to illustrate the property's condition. Most importantly, all these should need to of been counter signed by all the tenants to confirm that they agree with the descriptions.

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Making a judgement of what constitutes 'fair, wear and tear'

Assuming the property inventory was well prepared you can use it to make a factual assessment of what was down to ‘fair wear and tear’; and what damage the tenant should legitimately pay for. 

The tenant is likely to insist that you can’t expect the rental property to be left in the same condition as when they moved in - scuffs and marks occur during day to day occupation.  So where does a landlord stand?

Understanding fair wear & tear

This is where landlords have to apply the principle of 'fair wear & tear' to the condition of their rental property. There is nothing in statute which defines ‘fair wear and tear’.

The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) has however produced some useful guidelines for its’ members on what to consider when coming to a view on it. 

These are:

  • Age and condition of any item at the start of the tenancy
  • The useful lifespan of the item (depreciation)
  • Expected usage of  an item
  • The number of occupants in the rental property
  • The period of the tenants’ occupancy

A landlord cannot expect to end up, either financially or materially in a better position than he was in at the commencement of the tenancy or than he would have been at the end of the tenancy having allowed for fair wear and tear. 

A landlord is cannot expect to charge their tenants the full cost of an item or property, neither can they look to get any fixture or fitting “put back to the condition it was at the start of the tenancy.” as this would be perceived as betterment. 

Therefore, a landlord can only look to seek compensation to :

  • Replace an  item that is damaged beyond economic repair or is left unusable
  • Repair or cleaning
  • Compensation for diminution in inherent value of the item or the shortening of its useful normal lifespan

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The apportionment technique


To avoid betterment landlords can use a method called apportionment. This enables the  costs of ‘fair wear and tear’ to be split into measurable pieces to which a monetary value can be assigned.

Here is an example:

1. Minor damage to an item, a small to medium stain or mark on a carpet or mattress etc – perhaps £15 - £35 e.g. the cost of a “spot” clean or, this amount as the tenant’s contribution to a full clean of the whole item, or as compensation for the diminution. 

A small to medium size chip or mark, scratch or burn on a kitchen worktop – perhaps £5 - £25.  A landlord could of course decide to a purchase a new item, to have a new carpet put down or a new kitchen worktop installed if they wished, but they cannot lawfully charge the tenant for the full cost. 

The costs should be apportioned and shared between the parties on the principles given above.  E.g. cost of new carpet £500 – apportioned £465 to landlord, £35 to tenant.

2. In the rare circumstances where damage ( to the worktop/carpet/mattress/ item etc) is so extensive or severe so as to affect the achievable rent level/lettability or quality of the property the most appropriate remedy might be replacement and to apportion costs according to the age and useful lifespan of the item. 

Below is an example of how this might be calculated.

(a)    Cost of similar replacement carpet/item =    £500-00
(b)    Actual age of existing carpet/item =    2 years
(c)    Average useful lifespan of that type of carpet/item =    10 years
(d)    Residual lifespan of carpet/item calculated as (c) less (b) =    8 years
(e)    Depreciation of value rate calculated as (a) divided by (c)    £50 per year
(f)    Reasonable apportionment cost to tenant calculated as (d) times (e) =    £400.00


Keep an accurate record of the state of a rental property

Landlords need keep an accurate record of the state of their rental property and have it signed by new tenants on moving in if they are to stand a chance of claiming any justifiable figure from a tenant's rental deposit.

 



Comments (23)

driveway
new blockdriveway down 3 months is now covered with several large oil stains all over driveway we have asked tennets several times not to let there van continue dropping oil via letting agents ,now tennets have left and agents say this is fair wear and tear ,how can this be the case,
#1 - ann weston - 04/13/2012 - 14:52
Candle wax on lino
My daughters landlord is quoting for new Lino however the Lino was old and worn so she cannot be liable for the cost of new Lino what proportion of the bill is fair. I am ging to ask for pictures too before I agree for any of her deposit to be taken
#2 - H glasscoe - 07/08/2012 - 20:40
carpet damage
When we moved into our property there was a patch of damaged carpet by the bath where the shower screen (not a curtain but glass) leaks onto the carpet. We brought this up with the estate agent within a month or so of moving in and asked what could be done about it. They replied saying they had tried previously to fix it but had no luck, and suggested putting down a towel to prevent the water getting on it. We did this but it still got through, and the patch is worse when we started, and now the landlord is saying that he's waiting for a quote to replace the carpet. Should we be expected to contribute to this as there was already a lot of damage to start with (we noted it on the inventory when we moved in) and if so what would constitute a fair amount with wear and tear considered?
#3 - Dave - 08/01/2012 - 11:53
Garage door
The landlord is trying to charge me for repairs to the garage door he has no receipt to prouve how much he was charged but is telling me he paid 80 pounds do I have to pay
#4 - Marilyn mansell - 01/14/2013 - 14:56
Wear & Tear
The contract I have says that if I put marks say from pictures on walls the landlord can repaint at my expense without any account for wear and tear is that an unfair term
#5 - Rosanna Achilleos - 01/23/2013 - 10:19
sons house
my son and future daughter in law have been renting a house and the landlord is trying keep all their deposit which is 800 pound the main problem being the bath was leaking down the sides when they were haveing a shower they told the estate agent who they were renting the house off and the landlord came round and tried resealing the bath however this failed to work properly and eventually a damp patch appeared on a downstairs ceiling and they are saying they need to replace the floor boards in the bathroom surely it is the responsibility of thelandlord to ensure the bath and shower are fit for purpose and therfore not the tennants fault they are also trying to claim for condesation marks on kitchen walls which has a leaking flat roof i feel the landlord is just trying to steel the deposit under unreasonable circumstances please offer me some advise thank you kevin wood
#6 - kevwood61 - 02/08/2013 - 14:58
Deposit
My Landlord says i will not be getting my Deposit of £450 back at the end of my tennancy.He says i have painted my kitchen a colour (pale pink) he doesnt like & i have been smoking in the house. He has never told me i cannot smoke in the house so i was unaware he didnt want me too. The plaster is falling off the wall in the kitchen (my Landlord says due to rising damp), i showed this to him last year & he said he would plaster it. i said i would repaint it when it was reparied but he still hasnt repaired it. As far as im aware there are no other problems, can he keep my deposit? Thank you A Beech
#7 - A.Beech - 03/01/2013 - 19:03
DEPOSITE
i moved in this house on 27/4/2012 i pay £1525 deposit however the londlord kept it herself (no scheem)she said she want me to move in early so the rent could start but the repair would continue with the rent as it go by but since then nothing happen and her husband keep trying to get in bed with my 18 Y/O daughter when she reject him he start saying nasty thing to her so she is so upset i decide to move out early i gave her a notice that i am moving but didn't say why i told her she could take half my deposite for the two weeks rent i owe as i stop my housing benifit now she refuse to give me back anything what can i do
#8 - marcia J - 03/13/2013 - 11:57
Deposit & Itinery
We agreed to rent a house for 6 months last year. On provision of the paperwork it transpired that we were renting the house from the mother of the individual who was showing us around. We signed our rental agreement and did not check our itinery in full before signing (stupid I know) as the lady told us she was in a hurry to another appointment. The next day we notified the landlord of various errors in the itinery who appologied and sent her agent around to check. Errors were agreed including a crack in a window pane and badly stained carpets. It was agreed that the itinery would be re drawn and sent to us but we never received it. They had the carpets cleaned but never came to see the property again and the marks didn't come out. After reporting water ingression behind the tiles our landlord is acusing us of not notifying them when we found the problem. The fact is although it had clearly been leaking for a while it was into a cupboard and we genuinly did not notice and told them the next day. After raising this with then our landlords husband decided to headbutt my husband (really helpfull) and we had to call the police as initially they refused to leave. We have now been given notice of a landlord inspection tomorrow and we really think they will blame all of the original faults on us. Our lease is due up in 4 weeks and after a bit of digging we now know they are not registered landlords. Do we have a leg to stand on given we signed the inventory in good place. We do have record of us disputing this with them in the following days so we can at least back up that we notified them of other faults, although my correspondence doesn't actually mention the crack in the window but we did raise it verbally to them at the outset but never mentioned it again when they clearly didn't want to spend money on fixing it.

Any advice greatly received.
#9 - Puzzled - 05/08/2013 - 16:50
My deposit
Hi, I lived in a property for just over 4 years and maintained and left the property in good condition. I spent a lot of money getting professionals out to clean carpets, windows and the house as a whole. When the inspection was done, I was told I would have to pay £1300 for a leak in the bathroom that caused water damage in the living room below. I was not aware of a leak in the bathroom and only saw the dampness of the wall in the living room when I moved the furniture. I was in the past mentioned to the agent on a quarterly inspection but was told its just a bit of dampness. Am I now responsible to pay this amount of money for damage I was completely aware of or do I have a case to argue the fact that I shouldnt be responsible and be able to get my deposit back? Hope you can help with some advice. Kind Regards, Mrs Linda Myburgh
#10 - Linda Myburgh - 07/08/2013 - 00:09
My landlord won't pay up my deposit
We lived in a bungalow for 18th months and just recently moved out. Our deposit of £850 was protected with the DPS and when we moved out, we requested for it to be returned to us but the landlord decided to take £300+ towards the cost of 'redecorating' the house. Before we moved in, there was no inventory done and no photographs were taken to show the condition of the house although the living room carpet was worn out and the walls were not repainted. When we moved out, we thoroughly cleaned the house to a professional standard and repainted one of the bedrooms to the same colour it was in before. Now the landlord said they had to hire a gardener to do the front garden (my husband has removed the weed and left the plants) and paid him £30 to do this. When I spoke to the landlady, she admitted we cleaned the whole place but that we left marks and scratches on the wall which I disputed because the previous tennants also left marks on the wall and you can't tell who left what marks on the wall. When the landlord spoke to my husband, my husband told him if they'd taken anything say up to a £100 that we may have let them get away with it but that we wont let them take £300+. The landlord then took this to mean that we have agreed to pay them £100 and told the estate agent. This however was just a hypothetical scenario my husband presented to him and he said my husband agreed for that amount to be taken but we haven't and now we are both going to the DPS abitration procedure to sort this out. My question is, since we didn't take any photographic evidence at the start of our tenancy (and neither did the landlord that we are aware of), will this be against us? In my opinion, we left the house in a better condition than when we moved in. It needed a slight redecoration before we moved in (ie carpets and walls needed redoing) but we were in desperate need of a place to move so we were not bothered.
#11 - Mrs M - 08/15/2013 - 13:45
Replacing Garden path wood chippings.
Can you help? My Wife and I and two lads have lived in a rented property for 6 years.(Assured Shothold Tenancy) The point inquestion is that the Wood chippings that had been laid down over 6yers ago had degraded to such an extent that it became more like a mulch. My lanlord wants it replaced to our cost. Surely this comes under Wear and Tear. Are we liable for this?
#12 - Peter Gregory - 09/26/2013 - 22:58
Garage door
We have just moved out of property and have left some dents in the garage door , the door is working perfectly its just cosmetic and not that bad. The door is 11 yrs old and we have lived here for 3 yrs, he says we need to replace the full door as it cannot be part replaced? Is it fair we have to replace a full new door as the one that is on is fully working and the fact that its 11yrd old ? Many thanks
#13 - E Robinson - 10/10/2013 - 07:15
Crack in Bathtub
Hi
I slipped in my bathtub and it got a crack. Couple of months ago landlord has to reseal the bathtub and his contractor sealed this crack as well. Now we are moving out after 2 years and 4 months, but the estate's agent saying that landlord has to replace it with new one and we have to pay for it. My questions are-:
Do I have to really pay for it? If yes then...
Do I have to pay full amount of a new shower bathtub and costs for fittings? Or
Do I have to share? If I have to share what is the legal percentage of the cost should I pay?
Thank You
#14 - Naveed Ahmad - 10/24/2013 - 16:00
Animals
My tennant is leaving I allowed the tennent to have two dogs in the house on the agreement that any dammage caused by the dogs would be chargable.

Can I chareg for the following
Carpet cleaning to hall study an lounge where the dogs have been.

Repaint two radiators where the dogs have rubbed against them, they are brown not white.

Where the dogs have peed in the garden they have killed the grass. What is reasonable.
#15 - J Gutteridge - 01/31/2014 - 06:43
carpet issues
I have recently moved out of a property that i had been renting for the past 18 months with my 3 children, when i moved in the (cream)carpet already had numerous bare patches where it had been eaten away by carpet moths, my landlord is trying to charge me nearly £300 as my share of replacing the carpet in the the lounge which they say has been left filthy. while i lived there i hired a carpet cleaner twice to clean said carpet and prior to me handing the keys back i had a profesional company come round and clean them again, as i was required to do because i had a cat in the property for a short time. can they charge me this amount of money for a carpet that isnt actually damaged just not in the same condition as when they moved out, i should add that they are planning on moving back in to the property themselves and not re-letting it.
#16 - Dawn Mcleod - 02/21/2014 - 15:03
Laminate flooring
Landlord is moving back into his property that we rent he has given us notice .
Got an email regarding x 2 small indentations on laminate flooring I have know idea how this has happened would this be classed as wear and tear been in property for 6 years not the best quality flooring
#17 - Mrs Edna masters - 03/09/2014 - 17:05
Laminate flooring
Landlord is moving back into his property that we rent he has given us notice .
Got an email regarding x 2 small indentations on laminate flooring I have know idea how this has happened would this be classed as wear and tear been in property for 6 years not the best quality flooring
#18 - Mrs Edna masters - 03/09/2014 - 17:31
wear and tear consideration
I have a flat that has been rented out for some 4.5 years. Although the tenant did not think it necessary, I had to have the flat re-decorated. This was a combination of general wear and tear (the flat was quite new and cracks appeared in the ceiling and round the door frames) as well as marks and staines left by the tenant. To re-let this out, a full decorating job was necessary for the two reasons above. What percentage of the overall cost of decorating could I expect to get from the tenant?

This also applies to the carpets and items of furniture, but particularly the carpets. The carpets were in a pretty poor condition, but virtually new when tehey moved in. There were a couple of marks, but very small. Now after they have been cleaned, there are large parts of the carpet where the dirt is in ground and has not come out in the clean. Specifically a large round black mark on the side where they got into bed. Im not sure why it is so dirty in that area, but it is. Likewise, the lounge carpet has a number of small to large marks that have not come out in the clean. I have tried to get them out with stain remover, but it wont come out. Again, if I decided the state of the carpets was unacceptable and new ones were necessary for me to rent out, what percentage of this cost should I expect from the tenant?
#19 - sylvia johnson - 04/09/2014 - 21:48
very small chip in sink
We rented a home and we had to remove two truck loads of old leaves left by last tenant or landlord. The place was not clean, the stove and inside od kitchen and bathroom drawers had build up of grease, food and grime, as did the oven. The landlord did not provide us with pest control service so I had to spay 4 times in the year to rid place of coakroches, black widow spiders etc. I had to repair the yard, pruned 3 trees and sprayed the weeds 4 times that year while we lived their. When we moved in the yards were near dead and landlord told us to water the yard but did not compensate us water fees to get the yards green. He also charged us $70 to fix a very small chip in the kitchen sink. Can I charge him for spraying the bugs and weeds plus pruning and cost of water o green up the already dead grass and trash removal. I also don't believe it cost $70 to fix a quarter inch superficial chip in a sink, if we even did this chip. He said nothing about the chip during walkthrough. Please help sincerely mrs. Janet
#20 - mrs Janet Polk - 05/01/2014 - 19:07
Re:Wear and Tear
I have a written a blog on exactly this same subject , what you need as a landord is an inventory clerk find out more here :http://www.simplicitiletting.co.uk/blog/why-use-an-inventory-clerk
#21 - Joseph asamoah - 05/28/2014 - 14:37
Painting and redecorating
Hi, my tenants decided to paint parts of their rooms, add additional screws and adhoc patch work. Obviously the rooms need to be redecorated and painted. They are saying they should only pay for the walls that need it not the entire bedroom.
I want to make sure as a landlord I can charge for the whole room, as we can't part paint a bedroom.
#22 - Magda - 08/31/2014 - 11:04
My dogs blamed for everything!
After and inspection visit with the landlord's agent who said all was fine I have been informed that they are getting a new carpet because of pee stains! This is not true and the carpet they are talking about are carpet tiles that have been doewn about 20 years and there are spares in the cupboard. Also they are saying a cupbaord in the kitchen 'looks like it's been chewed' and they need to replace the door. I dispute that too. I think its because I signed a disclaimer for the dogs and they are using that to their advantage
#23 - Maggi Stokes - 09/01/2014 - 08:02
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