How much will I owe for damage to an old carpet?

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How much will I owe for damage to an old carpet?

I have 3 animals – 2 dogs and 1 cat. They have done some damage to the carpet. However, some of the carpeting is starting to shred in areas that meet the walls and tile, almost like it’s giving way from being old. I was just wondering if that was something that was usually prorated by the life of the carpet or I will be responsible for the whole carpet?

Asked on March 10, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Oklahoma

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

The usual measure is the cost to repair to the pre-damaged state (however it was, prior to the damage done during your tenancy, other than ordinary wear and tear) or, if that is not possible, the cost to replace. So, say the damage is mostly pet urine stains...that those could be taken out completely by a professional steam cleaning, that's what should be done. But if the damage (stains or ripping done by your pets) can't be remediated in that fashion, the landlord may replace the carpet. If he has to replace it, it doesn't matter whether the carpet was 1 year or 10 years old; the measure is the cost of putting in new carpet of like quality.


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