Wear and tear or damage
In a rented property with fitted mirrored wardrobes during normal careful use the top runner let a door drop it fell forward breaking the mirrors on the doors.. is this framed as accident due to wear and tear.. or damage can the landlord insist on tenant paying for new wardrobe fitting.
Hi Joanna –
Clearly if the item is broken, the item is damaged (rather than normal wear and tear). Usually intent (whether it was during careful use or not) is not a consideration in these types of events. Anything damaged during the tenancy that is part of the rental unit can be the responsibility of the tenant, although there are some cases where landlords are more sympathetic or will cover costs. From what you describe, if the wardrobe was part of the unit when you rented it, you could certainly be liable for replacing what was broken.