“Normal wear and tear” or “reasonable wear and tear” are common terms associated with rentals, and typically refer to the expected depreciation that results from a tenant living in a property—not damages as a result of tenant neglect or abuse.
During the move-out process, we all share responsibilities to make it a successful one. Residents need to pay for any damages determined. Management company understands that we must be responsible to your(homeowner) business to hold renters accountable for their actions. Lastly, homeowners are responsible for being fair to the residents.
At Next Brick, we reference the below resources and our extensive experience to help determine final decision/charges.
Normal Wear and Tear
• Fading, peeling, or cracked paint
• Slightly torn or faded wallpaper
• Small chips in plaster
• Nail holes, pin holes, or cracks in wall
• Door sticking from humidity
• Cracked window pane from faulty foundation or building settling
• Floors needing coat of varnish
• Carpet faded or worn thin from walking
• Loose grouting and bathroom tiles
• Worn or scratched enamel in old bathtubs, sinks, or toilets
• Rusty shower rod
• Partially clogged sinks caused by aging pipes
• Dirty or faded lamp or window shades
• Gaping holes in walls or plaster
• Drawings, crayon markings, or wallpaper that owner did not approve
• Seriously damaged or ruined wallpaper
• Chipped or gouged wood floors
• Doors ripped off hinges
• Broken windows
• Missing fixtures
• Holes in ceiling from removed fixtures
• Holes, stains, or burns in carpet
• Missing or cracked bathroom tiles
• Chipped and broken enamel in bathtubs and sinks
• Clogged or damaged toilet from improper use
• Missing or bent shower rods
• Torn, stained, or missing lamp and window shades
2. HUD Life Expectancy Chart
3. Normal Deterioration VS Damage
There are countless aspects of a rental property that will inevitably deteriorate. As the resident walks through the property, opens and closes doors, and uses fixtures or appliances on a daily basis, normal deterioration will occur.
For something to be considered normal wear and tear, the damage needs to correlate to everyday, normal use of the property.
To be considered tenant damage, it should be caused by irresponsible unintentional actions or intentional actions.
More "wear and tear" can be expected the longer the occupancy or the worse the condition of the premises when the tenant moved in.
4. Move-in and Move-out Report
We utilize move-in and move-out(if available) report extensively to further assess any wear and tear or damages in homes.
5. Experienced Team
Next Brick's repair team has 20+ years of residential management, repair, and inspection experience to ensure that each observation, assessment, and decision is recorded and made with utmost care and consideration for all parties.