Deduct wear and tear from new carpet?

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    Deduct wear and tear from new carpet?

    Hi all

    Property refurbished 6 months ago, new carpet throughout. Tenants move out after 6 months and left place very clean but there is a clear iron burn mark in the middle of the lounge carpet.

    I was going to deduct 5/6 of cost of new carpet, eg if it costs £100 I will deduct approx £83 from deposit.

    Therefore I will return deposit now less £100, with balance to be returned once new carpet paid for.

    Is that fair?
    Regards
    Rob

    #2
    I can see your logic, but I suspect a repair may be cheaper.

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      #3
      Originally posted by Parchester View Post
      I was going to deduct 5/6 of cost of new carpet, eg if it costs £100 I will deduct approx £83 from deposit.Is that fair?
      You must give a reasoned calculation of your 5/6 deduction. How you do it is:

      Cost of carpet new = £100, estimated serviceable life, say 5 years maybe? Length of tenancy = 6 months therefore deduction would be 9/10 of original cost i.e. £95 in this example. Providing you offer a reasonable calculation it should be upheld.
      The advice I give should not be construed as a definitive answer, and is without prejudice or liability. You are advised to consult a specialist solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.

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        #4
        Thanks for replies. Cannot repair - would mean cutting iron mark out and stitching in new carpet!
        Sounds like 5/6 is too generous; it was a figure I plucked out of thin air but I can see how the 9/10 calculation is pretty good. I'm not expecting them to contest so will proceed with this figure, thanks again.
        Regards
        Rob

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          #5
          Don't get me wrong, a £100 carpet might only have a life of 2 years if it was a fair size say for a living/dining room. You
          have to justify the deduction cost compared to its quality, to the tenant.
          The advice I give should not be construed as a definitive answer, and is without prejudice or liability. You are advised to consult a specialist solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Parchester View Post
            Thanks for replies. Cannot repair - would mean cutting iron mark out and stitching in new carpet!
            You might be surprised as to the feasibility of repair, actually - eg see www.carpetsurgeon.co.uk (never used that firm myself).

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              #7
              IMO burn in carpet is not fair wear & tear
              Depending om severity of damage, after 6 months from new, you may be entitled to almost full replacement cost for equiv carpet
              Assume new lounge carpet had life exp of 6 years and cost £1200
              Fair wear & tear for 6 month would be assessed at 1/12 or £100 so you would claim £1100 as replacement cost. Lounge floor is not an ashtray so burn is T damage

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                #8
                I can't help on working it out but I remember having to pay at least around £100 out of my deposit about 12 years ago, for an iron burn that I'd made on a new build/newly carpeted property I'd be renting, and I'd been in the house ten months when I left.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Lily_UK View Post
                  I can't help on working it out but I remember having to pay at least around £100 out of my deposit about 12 years ago, for an iron burn that I'd made on a new build/newly carpeted property I'd be renting, and I'd been in the house ten months when I left.
                  Carpet burns from irons (and also curling tongs I suppose) are the biggest cause of tenant damage I experience. I always let unfurnished... I wonder whether I should let 'unfurnished with ironing board' instead? Or would tenants just not bother using it...?

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Ericthelobster View Post
                    Carpet burns from irons (and also curling tongs I suppose) are the biggest cause of tenant damage I experience. I always let unfurnished... I wonder whether I should let 'unfurnished with ironing board' instead? Or would tenants just not bother using it...?
                    Ha who knows? I was a careless student at the time (in fact it was more like 15 years ago). And I had been ironing on the landing at the top of the stairs for some reason!

                    Now in my own home - I just don't even bother to iron. Plus I haven't got carpets anywhere Nor an ironing board...

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by mariner View Post
                      IMO burn in carpet is not fair wear & tear
                      The word "fair" is superfluous as it is either wear & tear (acceptable) or damage (unacceptable).
                      The advice I give should not be construed as a definitive answer, and is without prejudice or liability. You are advised to consult a specialist solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.

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                        #12
                        Semantics Paul. By adding the term 'fair' or 'reasonable' it highlights to both T & LL that their acceptable standard may not be the accepted opinion of the average person on the Clapham omnibus nor of Adjudicators when referenced to inventories.
                        If property had been prof deep cleaned at start of T, would failure to dust furniture / vacuum carpets for duration of T be considered as wear & tear? Many Ts believe they thoroughly cleaned the house before departing. Follow on Ts often disagree and complain to LL. I think we can both agree with Court of Appeal that a burn in any surface is T damage, even if accidental.

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