Hi. can anyone help me? I’ve been renting my current house for 3yrs and 4mths. I’m having issues which mean I do want to move but this could be in 3mths to 12mths time or I may be stuck here longer. My question is – I want to be prepared regarding what I may or may not owe the landlady with concern of carpets and flooring?
When I moved in it was new carpet but a very cheap one. The carpet is the same throughout the whole house but the living room carpet got patchy and looked awful with the black rubbery underpart showing through the bare patches. I had a six year old and a 8mth baby when I first moved in. I discovered the wood floor under the carpet was half decent so I pulled up the carpet and am happy now with the wood floor.
I should mention the landlady did see the carpet when wearing out and tutted and fully blamed the kids. It wore out in the door way where most frequented going in and out the house and in front of the sofa where feet are whilst sitting. I never asked for a replacement and she has seen it now as wood flooring. My view would be that she would have had to replace the carpet with new tenants anyways esp if I am here another 6mths or more? Even if not worn? Am I responsible that it wore out so easily from just normal day to day use?
The kitchen floor had lino put down. Again fairly cheap stuff. The fitters didn’t put the lino under the washing machine and it ripped when I had to put the machine back in place. The washing machine at the time was one the landlady had left from previous tenants and I had to tape it up as the bottom was falling off of it. It eventually gave out and flooded the kitchen and as a result I ended up ripping up and throwing out the link too. The landlady was not to happy when she later discovered this but again I was just keeping the original wood flooring. She did demand I pay for a new flooring in this case. I agreed but again whilst I’m living here I figured the cost can be deducted from my deposit after I leave. But since then I have put tiled flooring down. Only those lino square tiles that you buy in packs. Does this suffice as replacing the flooring? Or if I were leaving would she still have a right to demand money off the deposit? what if I have lived here for four or five years since she put in new carpet and lino?
And lastly … she put carpet in the bathroom. When I moved in there was a huge crack in kitchen ceiling caused from leakage from bathroom above. It was plastered over but any water on floor in bathroom still leaks through and slowly the crack is coming back. Do I have a right to demand Lino in the bathroom? it’s very unhygienic having carpet around the toilet I think as hoovering does not clean like a mop on flooring? As well as lino will hold liquids that spill or splash so can be mopped up instead of going through ceiling into kitchen?