When Must a Landlord Replace the Carpet?


Landlords are required to do several things related to providing a safe and healthy atmosphere for people who rent their property, such as provide a working furnace and good plumbing. There are times when it makes good business sense for a landlord to replace the carpet. However, there are no rules mandating if or when a landlord must replace carpet.

Landlords have no legal obligation to replace the carpet in rental units.
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Landlords operating at this level must go the extra mile to please tenants. High-end tenants are individuals paying anywhere from $4,000 a month and up. They can afford to rent anywhere they please and they expect the very best, especially when it comes to their living environment. So, with high-end rentals, landlords must replace the carpet before a new tenant moves in and each time the tenant renews the lease. If your high-end tenant has a good record of making payments on time, you would also replace all or a portion of the carpet at any point during the lease period if that's what it takes to keep a smile on their faces.

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Class B rentals are usually 10- to 15-year-old buildings in a nice part of town where tenants are likely to be white-collar professionals. At a bare minimum, a landlord of a Class B rental unit should expect to replace the carpet each time a tenant moves out. It would also be a good idea for a landlord to offer to replace the carpet each time the tenant renews the lease.

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Low income rentals generate less income for landlords so that is why the carpet in low-income rentals is replaced less often. A landlord might have to sacrifice up to two months' worth of rent to cover the cost of the carpet and installation for an entire house or apartment in a low-income rental. But if the tenant has a solid payment history over a number of years and plans to stay in the house or apartment for the foreseeable future, it might be well worth a landlord's investment to replace the carpet.

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Typically, in most rental agreements, the carpet is the tenant's responsibility to keep clean while they live in the rental unit and before they move out. If a tenant has lived in the house or apartment for four or five years and requests new carpet that will cost more than a month's rent, it's not unreasonable to ask the tenant to split the cost of the carpet. It's a win-win situation where the tenant gets new carpet and the landlord gets a slight increase in property value.

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