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Normal Wear and Tear

Leases often state that the landlord will not deduct from the security deposit for normal wear and tear damage. The expression “normal wear and tear” is actually a subjective analysis. So, in deciding what is “normal wear-tear” the landlord and tenant should consider the condition of the premises before the tenant began occupancy, the length of time the tenant occupied the premises, whether pets or smoking was allowed on the premises, the number of tenants, etc. Excessive wear and tear may include damages to the floors (such as ripped or torn carpet), walls (such as holes other than from nails to hang pictures), broken windows, broken tile, damaged plumbing, etc.

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