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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.


Click here to learn how we handle repairs




Landlords are required to install security devices in rental properties

Landlords are required to install security devices in rental properties

Texas law requires that most rental properties have certain security devices in place on the windows and exterior doors while a tenant is occupying the property under a lease.

Make sure that …

  • Each exterior window has a window latch;
  • Each exterior sliding glass door has a pin lock, and a handle latch or security bar; and
  • Each exterior door-including a door between a living area and a garage, but not a sliding glass door or screen door-has three things:
    • a doorknob lock or keyed deadbolt;
    • a keyless bolting device; and
    • a door viewer.

These devices must be installed at your expense before you have a tenant.



Texas Entry Lock Requirements

Are you as confused about the Texas Property Code lock requirements as most people? When you rent your home, in most cases, you are required to install specific locking devices on doors and windows. We have put together a detailed explanation of the requirements here.

Please let one of the members of the Leasing Texas team know if you have any questions about locks on a rental home.

Move out

What To Expect When You Give A Move Out Notice

At Leasing Texas, our move out notice requirements are very specific. Click here to make sure you know what to expect when you decide you must leave us.

Please let us know if there is anything we can do in order to help you change your mind about moving.

Move Out

The Move Out Notice

We hate to see any of our Residents leave Leasing Texas but we do understand the need to move on if you are buying a home or relocating from the area. Click here to find out how to give a move out notice to Leasing Texas.


How we handle repairs

Learn how we handle repairs for our Landlords here.


Who Controls the Deposits at Leasing Texas?

Often times we are asked who controls the deposits a tenant pays when they rent a property at Leasing Texas. Click here  to learn about how security deposits are maintained.