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14 year old carpet

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I am moving out of my rented house in which I have been there for 14 years. I put a slight iron mark on the carpet and the kitchen floor is shabby. The landlord wants me to pay for carpet in the front room and bedroom as the front room is faded in places. The carpet is 14 years old. Do I have to pay. Also I don’t think my deposit is protected as it was pre 2007??! 


If you did indeed damage the carpet, you need to contribute to it’s replacement, however, given the age of the carpet it’s unfair to have to pay the full price. Try to negotiate to split 30/70 or something that works for both. 

If your deposit is not protected, it will be very hard to dispute this deduction, as the money is with your landlord and court action will likely cost you more than a carpet. 

Read our deposit protection guide first and see if there isn’t any chance that your landlord should have protected your deposit, but DIDN’T.

For example if your landlord changed the contract and had you sign a new one, they may have fallen under the obligation’s rules. This means that if they didn’t protect your deposit, they are now liable for up to 1-3 times the deposit money in court. 

You can use that as a leverage to get off the leash about the carpet. Here are our guides:

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