Damaged carpet, long term tenant (9± years)

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    Damaged carpet, long term tenant (9± years)

    Hello.

    My partner and I are looking at buying a property and moving out of our rented apartment. I've been staying here for 9 years.

    The carpet has unfortunately been damaged by my cat. It will probably have to be replaced in the whole flat.
    The carpets have stayed the same since I moved in so I am wondering whether the landlord will still want to charge me for the replacement even tho the carpet has probably outlived its life expectancy?

    I am not trying to get out of this responsibility, I am happy to pay my share if I have to (I don't want to part with my landlord in a negative way over this as he has been really nice over the years) , but wondering whether the landlord actually would have to replace the carpets anyway (they are discoloured and looking old).
    We have kept everything else in shape, flat has been repainted etc.

    Thanks for reading!

    #2
    If the carpets have been damaged, the landlord might well want to charge you for that.

    However, what they can actually claim is based on the original carpets and any use that they've lost as a result of the damage.
    So, in reality, it's going to be nothing or next to nothing.

    Your landlord may not know or like this, though.
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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      #3
      The most they'd be able to claim is the residual value of the carpet in damages. After 10 years, this is likely to be nil (quick google indicates average lifespan of 5-6 years). If they do try and charge you you could dispute it under ADR and you'd probably win.

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        #4
        Some high end carpets can and should last a lot longer than 9 years. In addition if all carpets are not identical sensible landlords can design things in such a way that high-human-traffic only areas can be replaced (not cat traffic areas)

        Average lifespan of 5 years is a nonsense, unless you want to destroy the planet, and the carpets are rubbish.

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          #5
          Damage by cat is not FW&T..
          Did you have LLs permission to keep a cat?

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            #6
            Remember that the Tenant has been there 9 years - the carpet may have been there for 20.

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              #7
              What is the damage?

              If cat has defecated and urinated on it, then the floor under the carpet may be damaged.

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                #8
                Carpets can last years if of wool or a mixture of wool and nylon,and regularly vacuumed and shampooed.If nthe landlord has allowed you to keepma cat you should recognise their generous spirit and make a commensurate contribution

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                  #9
                  Nah, dispute through deposit scheme...
                  I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                    #10
                    Most deposits would be inadequate and there could be other issues.

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                      #11
                      Inadequate to replace 9+ year old carpet... you are joking, right?

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                        #12
                        https://flooringandcarpetcentre.co.u...d-carpet-cost/

                        If 16 metres square,twist at £22 will be £352 .underlay £100,and kabour and disposal £150 amounts to £602,which is a modal deposit..decent John Lewis stuff will be £33 adding £176 equating tio £778 etc.Some joke!

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                          #13
                          Yes, but the damage is to 9(+) year old carpet, not to brand new carpet - even high quality carpet would only last 15 years (https://www.lettingagenttoday.co.uk/...d-value-damage), so let's say it's high quality carpet. Even "decent john lewis stuff" you'd only be able to deduct around £300...

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                            #14
                            We have same stair carpet for over the limit set and perfectly good.I never have carpets as they are dirt traps full of dust mites,and sand/varnish floors,at very little cost.

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