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Wear and Tear vs. Damages

Wear and Tear vs Damages



Have you ever wondered how normal wear and tear is determined in a rental home?

In Texas, a landlord cannot deduct for normal wear and tear from a security deposit and in some situations, such as for carpet and paint, a depreciation schedule must be followed.

Although this is not a compressive list, below are examples of what items are considered normal wear and tear and are typically the responsibility of the investment property owner compared to what items are considered damages by tenants.

Wear and Tear


Peeling, cracked, or chipped paint*
Drawing or excessive hand prints on walls
Paint faded or furniture rub marks*
Stains on walls
Picture hook/nail holes
Excessive nail holes “shrine” effect
Peeling wallpaper
Torn wallpaper
Worn enamel in bath fixtures
Chipped, broken, or cigarette burns on enamel
Worn or cracked vinyl flooring
Torn or gouge marks from moving appliances
Heavily trafficked carpet flooring*
Severe stains, burns, or torn carpet
Weathered or worn window screens
Holes, broken or missing screens
Sliding doors off track or stick
Missing knobs, tracks dirty or broken doors
Counter tops worn or scratched
Cigarette burn marks, chips or missing pieces
Towels bars, tissue holders loose
Towel bars, tissue holders missing or damaged
Caulking around plumbing fixtures
Excessive mold or mildew on caulked areas
Light fixtures/fans off balance
Light fixture globes or parts missing
Septic field lines
Non-flushable products being disposed of
Smoke detector batteries
Removal, low or missing batteries in detectors
HVAC maintenance and servicing
Neglect of HVAC filter replacement
Door stops
Broken, missing door stops-holes in walls
Discolored window blinds
Broken or missing slats in mini blinds
Heating elements or oven racks
Dirty or missing drip pans
Worn parts or servicing of refrigerator
Missing racks, broken shelving, filth, odors



 * Repainting due to tenant damage is calculated on a depreciation schedule
*Carpet replacement due to tenant damage can only be calculated on replacement cost less depreciation.


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Posted by: Leasing Texas on January 21, 2016