Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Civil Rights for Indiana

Q: Is hard water damage from well water to a shower considered normal wear and tear?

We lived there for 3 years and we’re on a well that supplied water to both units of a double. The water softener was hooked up in the adjacent unit but ran to ours as well. He wants me to pay to have it cleaned. Also he is saying I have to pay for new carpet because of stains, we didn’t have any pets in the home the whole time we lived there

1 Lawyer Answer
Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch
  • Valparaiso, IN
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: Wear and tear from regular use is near the exact definition of normal wear and tear. Things lose value over time, get damaged and have to be repaired or maintained. This is not deductible from a security deposit or attributable to the tenant. It is the cost of renting and having a family or person live in a house.

Stains on a carpet may be outside of normal wear and tear however, regardless of whether or not you have pets. Depending on the damage to the carpet that may fall outside of normal wear and tear.

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