Whether tenants have just left temporary housing or moved out of a long-term apartment, wear and tear is something that property owners should expect. Understanding the difference between wear and tear and damage will ensure a Corporate Rentalsproperty owner keeps the right amount of the security deposit, while the rest goes back to a tenant.
Not sure what the difference is? That’s okay. We’ll share some insight into what differentiates wear and tear from damage when offering temporary housing.
Even with fantastic tenants, a rental property is going to deteriorate over time. This is wear and tear. It applies to a decline in the condition of a corporate property caused by usage and time.
Some examples of wear and tear include:
- Patterns of wear on the carpet
- Ceiling or wall cracks from settling
- Wall dents created from door handles
- Worn patches or scuff marks on linoleum
- Blind or curtain strings that are broken
This is normal and expected. For instance, high-quality furnishings will last longer but will eventually experience wear and tear that requires them to be replaced. For example, just the regular use of sinks will cause them to slowly break down.
On the other hand, damage is something that happens due to abuse, unreasonable use, or accidents. It also applies to alterations to temporary housing done without the property owner’s approval.
Damages aren’t covered by the property owner, which should be stated in the lease. Tenants of temporary housing are responsible for these things, which is why the security deposit may be kept if damage is present.
A few examples of damage in a rental include:
- Broken toilet tanks, handles, or seats
- Missing or torn blinds and curtains
- Oil stains or burns on carpeting
- Tears or holes in the linoleum
- Missing screens or broken windows
There are a few things you can ask yourself to determine whether an issue is normal wear and tear or damage to temporary housing. For instance, how long do you expect the item to list? What kind of maintenance needs to be done for it to last? Is the property manager or the tenant responsible for the upkeep?
All of these things should be known to you. The information should also be provided to tenants using a lease. This is the best option for preventing miscommunication and ensuring everyone is on the same page. It also makes it much easier to determine what portion of the security deposit is provided back to a tenant.
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