Normal Wear & Tear v. Damage
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Security deposits can be used to repair damage for which a tenant is responsible, but can not be applied to normal wear & tear. So what’s the difference?
This term used in lease contracts covers all damage that occurs naturally in a rental property due to aging. This is considered normal depreciation of many years of use or nature’s erosion to the doors, carpet, appliances, walls, etc. Normal Wear/Tear means that deterioration which occurs, based upon the use for which the rental unit is intended, without negligence, carelessness, accident or abuse of the premises or equipment or chattels by the tenant or members of their household, or their invitees or guests.