Fair Wear and Tear?

When a tenancy ends, disagreements between landlords and tenants regarding the property's condition are not uncommon. However, there is no clear-cut definition of fair wear and tear in regulations or statutory guidance. To assess fair wear and tear accurately, it's essential to consider several factors:

  • Age and Condition: Evaluate the item's condition at the start of the tenancy.
  • Lifespan: Determine the realistic lifespan of the item.
  • Usage: Consider the expected wear and tear based on usage.
  • Occupancy: Assess the impact of the number of occupants and their lifestyle on the property.
  • Tenancy Period: Account for the duration of the tenancy and its impact on the property's condition.

Assessing Fair Wear and Tear:

A comprehensive inventory report with photos should be prepared at the start of the tenancy, documenting the property's condition. The landlord should retain invoices for any replacements or repairs during the tenancy. At the end of the tenancy, a check-out report is completed and compared to the inventory report to distinguish fair wear and tear from damage.

Mutual Agreement:

Both parties should strive to reach a mutual agreement based on factual reports and considerations. While the tenant is expected to return the property in an acceptable condition, the landlord should not expect it to be immaculate.

Apportionment of Costs:

Landlords cannot charge tenants for the full cost of repairing or replacing an item to its initial condition, as it would be perceived as betterment. An apportionment calculation allows for a fair distribution of costs based on factors like lifespan and replacement/repair costs.

Skopic's Services:

At Skopic, we ensure transparency and fairness throughout the tenancy process:

  • We conduct a thorough photographic inventory report at the start of each tenancy, shared with both parties for agreement.
  • Our six-monthly property inspections help address any excessive wear and tear promptly.
  • Before the tenancy ends, we discuss any potential issues with the tenant to avoid surprises.
  • All deposits are held by a Deposit Protection Scheme, and disputes regarding fair wear and tear are resolved independently.

With Skopic, you can trust that your property is in good hands, and fair outcomes are prioritized for both landlords and tenants.

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