Fair Wear and Tear

This is the deterioration in the condition of the Property and its contents which occurs naturally as a result of being lived in and used in a reasonable and legal manner. The amount of wear and tear in a property which will be considered fair will depend on a number of factors, including

  • the length of time the property has been lived in by the tenants
  • the number and age of the people allowed to live there,
  • whether the landlord has allowed pets and/or smoking.
So you would expect to find more fair wear and tear in a property rented to a family with three young children and a dog than you would in a property let to an elderly lady living alone. Note that landlords cannot claim for compensation for fair wear and tear under the tenant’s deposit.