I am moving out of a home I have rented for five years. The carpet was slightly worn when I moved in and had a few small stains. During my tenancy, there was damage done to the carpet by both my dog and children, and the flooring needs to be replaced.
Is the cost of replacement entirely my responsibility or is the cost shared due to the age of the carpet and normal wear and tear guidelines?
I live in California.
Hi Lucy: Thanks for checking out our site and writing on the forum. The answer really is it depends. I would recommend reading our article on landlord tenant law by state, which includes an interactive map and you can click on California to find out more specifics. Generally, wear and tear on carpet does happen over time and includes minor fading, wearing of the carpet fibers etc. However, if the carpet was damaged beyond that, like by your pets and children then that is usually considered accidental tenant caused damage and unfortunately, it would be your responsibility to pay to replace the carpet. Typically, this money is taken out of your security deposit in an itemized way. I recommend communicating with the landlord and you may be able to come to a solution or an agreed upon replacement cost.
All the best,