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We have been living in our dated rental since 2012. The carpets are old & extremely worn. While I am aware that they should be maintained by the tenant, I am unsure of what is classified as reasonable wear & tear. How often should carpets be replaced by the landlord? Is it unreasonable to ask for new carpets when they are extremely old & stained?


Hi Sean

You’re basically asking two things: how often should landlords replace carpets and what counts as ‘wear and tear’ in terms  of what tenants pay for and what they don’t.

Wear and tear – basically this is what you can reasonably expect to happen to something over a period of time. So, if a 2 year tenancy started with 13 stains on the carpet and there was 1 more when you left that would most likely be wear and tear that the landlord couldn’t bill you for. If that tenancy started with 0 stains on the carpet and when you left there were 20 huge stains, that would likely be counted as damage that you should pay for.

When it comes to who pays for what landlords can’t better themselves i.e. they can’t put themselves in a better position than they were when you moved in. An example of this might be billing you for the entire cost of a 20 year old carpet because you damaged a small part of it. What normally happens is – in that situation – you should pay for a percentage of the replacement carpet that you damaged but the landlord pays the rest. Obviously, the newer the carpet the more likely you’d have to pay for the whole thing.

In terms of what is reasonable when it comes to replacing carpets, unless the carpets are a health hazard then there’s no set rules on this. If you signed the tenancy with bad carpets then you accepted them in that state when you moved in. Most people would try to bargain a carpet replacement into the initial tenancy negotiations. Or if the landlord wants to put the rent up or renew the tenancy you could say yes as long as the carpets get replaced. It also depends on what the tenancy says – if it requires a certain standard of interiors then that could be an obligation on the landlord to replace damaged carpets.

The best way to deal with it is just to ask the landlord – in writing – to replace the carpets, pointing out that they were old and stained when you moved in (hopefully this will have been noted on a check in inventory). Common sense says that carpets should really be replaced every 5-10 years. If they’re dangerous then you have a strong case i.e. where they are covered in mould, attracting rodents or a trip hazard. Other than that you will have to hope the landlord is reasonable or wait until you have a chip to bargain with – such as signing a new tenancy. In terms of whether they can ask you to pay any of the cost, unless you have damaged the carpets yourself, the answer would be no. 


For info there’s more details on wear and tear here and here.

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Hello, Sean!

In addition to the comment on top I can say that there is one option. In many situations the professional carpet cleaning can restore even old carpets and rugs. You just can ask your landlord to hire a carpet cleaning company. It will be the cheapest and the fastest solution of your problem.
I can recommend you this company, their services are available all over the country.

Best regards, Ian Jameson.

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