What is considered reasonable wear and tear?

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    What is considered reasonable wear and tear?

    I am planning on moving out of my current rental in the new few months and I'm wondering what would be considered reasonable wear and tear with regard to the state I'm going to leave the property in.

    I have been there for 7.5 years and have had a few kids during the tenancy.

    During the 7 years there's been no cosmetic work done by the landlord. We've had the place painted, although there has been some fresh scribbles done by the kids.

    I could go into detail and provide photos if necessary but would be interested to see what you have to say first!

    Feel free to ask any questions, I'll do my best to answer.

    Thank in advance!

    I am not a lawyer, nor am I licensed to provide any regulated advice. None of my posts should be treated as legal or financial advice.

    I do not answer questions through private messages which should be posted publicly on the forum.


      That looks awesome. Thank you. I'll print and read over the weekend.


        Normal wear and tear is, basically, what a reasonable landlord understood would inevitably happen with someone living in the property if the the occupants took normal care of the place.
        So, writing on a wall, no, the odd scruff on a frequently used corner, yes.
        A burn in a carpet, no, wearing on a frequently walked on area, yes.

        The longer the lease, the more wear and tear you'd expect.
        If you didn't have children when you moved in, some of the additional wear and tear that they caused could be outside the definition of "fair" because the landlord can't have known that there would be children living there.

        Same for pets (no offence to your children!), unless the landlord agreed to them being there.
        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).


          Maybe the term should be changed and not lump two different things together?

          Wear - Expected degradation over time.
          Tear - Damage.

          Shoes wear out, if there's a tear in them that's damage.


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