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How Often Does The Landlord Have To Paint And Replace The Carpet? We Have Lived Here For 9 Years And He Hasnt Done It Not Even Before We Moved In And The Carpet Is Nasty.

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Lia Louis answered
Unfortunately, there is no law that states a landlord must replace carpet or repaint a property. Generally, when you move into a new apartment or rental home, the deposit that you put down will go towards the repair or replacing of any of the static areas of the property that will remain once you leave. Of course, this includes that paint and the carpet, but only if you have damaged it and it needs to be repaired or replaced.

Many people believe that a landlord will change or clean the carpet once a tenant vacates the property, and while this is often true it is not always the case. Typically, a landlord will only "remodel” a property when it is in their best financial interest. This means, then, that a landlord probably won’t replace the carpet for at least five years or more, and paint will likely follow a similar timeline. Usually, this only occurs when the landlord wants to present a favorable looking property to a potential renter.

Again, your deposit will go towards any major cleaning or renovation that needs to occur if you destroy or damage the walls or carpeting during your tenure there. However, as a tenant, you will probably not pay for the maintenance of normal wear and tear, which means that if your carpet is simply an eyesore then you will have to replace it yourself.

Now, your landlord-tenant agreement might have specific guidelines regarding this particular situation so you should go over that. For example, there might be a maxim that contracts them to share the cost of repair, cleaning, or replacement since you are a renter, but again, that is only according to your particular agreement.
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Anonymous answered
How often does the landlord have to paint and replace the carpet? We have lived her for 9 years and he hasn't done it not even before we moved in and the carpet is nasty.
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Anonymous answered
The hot water heater leaked from the laundry room into the den. The entire carpeting in the den is soaking wet. Should the landlord pay for a wet vac? The carpet has an awful odor (mold), should the tenet or landlord be responsible for replacing the carpet and padding?
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Anonymous answered
I am researching the same thing you asked. By law the landlord does not have to change the carpet. Although after 12 years the carpet has no value and can be hazardous due to dust mites, ext. I am not a lawyer just doing some research myself and thought I would pass what I found on.
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Anonymous answered
He doesn't by law ! Sorry. Needed to bring up wanted new carpet before renting. Same for paint. Or gotten written agreement he would replace carpet & paint at such & such time & then you could of held him to it. Once in, landlord only has to make it habitable. Carpet & painting is only required after you leave, if you didn't call him on it before you moved in, not anything can do now.
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tammy answered
Normally, any decent landlord would make the proper clean-up and touch-ups for a new tenent.if not you could ask him to do it or if you do it to take off your monthly rent. I would also take pics,of the property in and out in case you want to leave he can't say you left in bad condtion.You may have to just do it yourself to avoid issue with the owner..
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Suhail Ajmal answered
Changing of carpet depends upon it's condition. If you think the carpet is not worth to use then you can ask the landlord to change it and ask him the time when he would do it. Check all the stuff and make a list of it when you check in. Normally, the landlord changes carpet after 5 years. For more details, you should visit this link.
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james caison answered
Unless you have a lease agreement stating other wise, it is up to the landlord if and when he wants to do any maintenance.
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Anonymous answered
I was told that landlords are required to replace the carpet every five years or so (if a tenant is moving and has lived there, they cannot be charged for replacement).
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Anonymous answered
I lived in a townhouse for 61/2 years... The lanlord wants to charge me for carpet relplacement...Am I responsible for the full amount?
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Anonymous answered
He don't ! Landlord responsible only for making sure the is habitable to live in. Paint & carpeting is a luxury, not a necessary. BUT-- if you paint or put carpet in you need landlord permission to do so. Get it writing. If you move even though you payed for carpet, you cannot take it with you.
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Anonymous answered
My husband & I lived in an apartment in NJ for 3 years. Both the walls and the carpeting were full of a black-greasy film caused by either the low flying jets land and taking off at the AFB near us or by the oil heater which heated the apartment, or both. I used to wipe this same film off the TV screen and tables in the rooms. When we moved out we ended up replacing the living room carpet at our expense and we lost our deposit to replace the carpets in two other rooms. The deposit was $1100.00... And the reason for the carpets needing replaced was not even our fault.
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Gene gattuso answered
I had the same problem. Here is what happens. Somebody has to pay for moving all the furniture.outside Then somebody has to watch your stuff sitting outside. Hope it does not rain. That day. In my case they would not install new carpet on half of the place one time and the rest another time. So l lived there and after moving out they replaced it. The same goes with painting.
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Suhail Ajmal answered
Whenever the condition deteriorates, he should change it. Please also read the agreement, if there is anything mentioned about changing the carpets and paints.
thanked the writer.
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The contract usually does not state that the carpet will be changed. The standard contract will state that the place is habitable. An inventory should be done by the landlord and occupant before moving in. If you have lived in that place for nine years and the deteriorating condition in the apartment is causing health issues, you can report this to the Housing Authority in your localiy and they will inspect the apartment.
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Anonymous answered
Be in my apartment 8 years do the landlords have to paint my walls and replace my carpet have not been done since I move in 8 years ago
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Anonymous answered
If  carpet is over ten years old and has odor should the owner replace the carpet
Jacquelyn Mathis Profile
About once every 10 years is all. If you really need a new one, and it doesn't sound like he is willing to do this, then you can hold the rent in an account, and write a letter to him telling him that you will be holding the rent back until the carpet is replaced. But, the carpet really has to be in bad enough shape to be able to do this. You can also have your carpets cleaned. Hope this helps.
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Anonymous answered
There is no law stating when anything inside your rental property has to be replaced for the existing resident. This is a grey area for renters as nothing in your lease will help you force your landlord to replace your carpet.

Your best bet is to threaten to move out. Right now all rental properties are struggling, provided your carpet is more than 5 + years you can probably get your landlord to replace it. FYI it's a pain in the butt though! They make it tough for you.
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nettie answered
They don't have to replace it after each tenant but it does have to be cleaned and sanitized after each tenant the best to you

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