Detroit, MI asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio

Q: Does the landlord have to replace worn carpet if it wasn’t new at move in? Been there for 5 years

Carpet and tile is very worn. Tile is coming up. No children or pets

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Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: There is no requirement for a landlord to replace worn carpet or tile. A tenant should discuss the condition of those with a landlord before moving in, and document them with photos, since the landlord could charge the tenant for excessive wear when the tenant moves out. Tenant is not responsible for ordinary wear and tear, but if there is no move-in inspection report or photos that show the condition at move-in, then landlord could claim that tenant must pay for replacement and deduct from the security deposit or sue tenant for the cost. Tenant would then have to prove it was ordinary wear and tear.

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