What is Normal Wear And Tear?
If you are facing a charge for damages, you will want to understand the difference between “damages” and “normal wear and tear”. State law allows for a surprising amount of normal wear on your apartment by the time you move out. You’re actually not expected to leave your place spotlessly clean or even exactly in the same condition it was when you moved in.
Often, this type of information is also laid out in your lease, so be sure to re-read every section of it to see what your landlord has specifically declared what falls under “damages” that they can charge you for, and “normal wear and tear” that they cannot charge you for. Normal wear and tear could be things such as:
Small holes in the walls from nails or push pins
Small stains on the carpet
Dirty grout and small amounts of mildew in the shower
Tarnish on bathroom fixtures
Loose cabinet fixtures
Reasonable amounts of dirt on the floors, walls, or appliances