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Re: Reasonable wear and tear?

Posted by gary on December 20, 2000 at 16:19:13:

In Reply to: Reasonable wear and tear? posted by myname on December 20, 2000 at 14:09:47:

I think it's a pretty subjective standard. If it winds up in court, it is up to the judge. There are probably cases here and there, but I dont know if it's worth your trouble to do much research into it. (When small sums of money are involved it makes a bad impression for a layman to cite case law.)
The most important thing is to photograph the apartment before you leave, and be sure to have a witness who can back you up. A photo when you moved in would also be helpful, but I dont know anybody who's actually done that.
After a few years they can't nail you for nailholes in the wall, but a broken window you couldnt get away with.
Why not post here what you think will be the problem?

: What exactly is considered to be reasonable wear and tear?

: I've been living in my apartment for 3.5 years and will be moving out next month. I know that the landlord can keep some or all of my security deposit to cover damages, not including reasonable wear and tear. What would fall under reasonable wear and tear? Is there anywhere I can go online to get a more detailed legal definition?

: Thanks.


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