Q: In California are you responsible for replacing carpet that is 20+ years old in a home you only lived in for 8 years?
A: A tenant is not responsible for reasonable wear and tear. A tenant is responsible for damages they caused. Generally, 20+ year old carpet would be worn enough for most landlords to replace, but there could be exceptions.
A: Under California law, the responsibility for replacing old carpet in a rental home typically falls on the landlord, especially if the carpet was installed prior to your tenancy and has reached the end of its reasonable lifespan. As a tenant of 8 years, you would not typically be expected to replace carpet that is over 20 years old, but it's essential to review your lease agreement for any specific terms related to carpet maintenance or replacement.
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