If you are a tenant coming to the end of your tenancy, the idea that the landlord may deduct monies from your deposit is an unwelcome one and if you are a landlord about to inspect your property at the end of the tenancy, the thought of what you might discover can be worrying.
To avoid both of those situations, our advice is simple – for tenants, it is to treat rental properties with the upmost care and respect and for landlords, it is to make sure that the property is in good condition and repair when it is let.
A good relationship between landlord and tenant is key here, and that is something that we can help both parties with at the outset of and throughout the tenancy.
So, what is fair wear and tear?
Whilst there is no legal definition, fair wear and tear usually refers to the ordinary, and in some cases naturally occurring, damage caused to things from general use, over a period of time. Some examples could include:
- Minor scuff marks on walls
- Worn carpets (from being walked on)
- Fading of furniture (from natural sunlight)
These are things that tend to occur by accident or naturally over a period of time, and in many instances are unavoidable.
What isn’t fair wear and tear?
Simply put, purposeful damage, of any kind, caused to a furnished or unfurnished property is not fair wear and tear.
Landlords – be aware!
It’s not reasonable to expect your tenants to have to cover the cost of repairs or replacements in fair wear and tear instances.
Tenants – stay on top of maintenance and repairs
Treat the rental property as if it were your own home and be a responsible tenant by reporting any maintenance and repairs as soon as possible. With our online portal, it couldn’t be easier to do so: https://johnshepherd.fixflo.com/Auth/HomeIssueCreate
If you have any queries or concerns about fair wear and tear, either as a landlord or a tenant, please get in touch with one of our friendly team at your local branch: https://johnshepherd.com/contact-us/