Property Management Tips – What Is Normal Wear and Tear?

Do you own rental properties in Portland Oregon? If so, when your tenants move out, one issue that you’re going to have to deal with is defining what’s normal wear and tear vs. damage to the rental property.

This is important because the battle between damage vs. wear and tear with landlords and tenants can be very costly to resolve and time-consuming.

In this article, we will provide you with several examples of rental property normal wear and tear vs. damage so that you know what to look for in your rental property once your tenants move out.

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Defining Wear and Tear

During the process of a typical 12-month lease, your tenants are going to cause normal wear and tear to your rental property that may include:

  • Wear and tear to the carpeting
  • Scuff marks on walls
  • Torn wallpaper
  • Watermarks on surfaces

Besides these common examples of wear and tear, it can also occur naturally due to changes in the wear and use of the property.

Over a period of 12 months, you may find that your rental has doors that are sticking due to humidity, faded wallpaper, peeling paint and there may be fixtures within the property that need to be replaced.

Damage To the Rental Property

Sadly, damages to a rental property are easier to diagnose than wear and tear because they can be attributed to the direct action of the tenant.

Some of the most common examples of wear and tear include unapproved wallpaper, holes in walls, damaged or broken windows, and stains or burns on the carpet.

Damages to the rental property can be deducted from the tenant’s deposit while wear and tear cannot be deducted so it’s best to take photos and video of the property to show the state that it was in before the tenant moved in and after they left.

Contact Rent Portland Homes

At Rent Portland Homes we specialize in local property management for the Portland Oregon area.

Our team saves owners the time, money, and hassle of managing rental properties themselves so that they can focus on earning passive income.

To learn more about the property management services we can offer you, contact us today by clicking here.



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