There is no specific definition for what is considered fair wear and tear. The term generally refers to the deterioration over time which occurs as a result of the ordinary day-to-day use of the property by the Tenant, as well as exposure to the elements such as sunshine and other environmental factors.
Examples of fair wear and tear include:
- worn areas in carpets from people walking on them regularly (excluding stains)
- cracks in walls from movement
- faded curtains due to sunlight
- worn kitchen benchtops from regular use
Damage caused to the property either by negligence or carelessness is not considered fair wear and tear.
Examples of damage include:
- stains or marks on carpets, benchtops and walls
- holes in the wall from nails or hanging hooks which were not approved
- broken glass from windows or doors being slammed shut
- damage caused by pets
- any changes to the property which were not approved by the landlord such as painting walls
Whether caused by accident or otherwise, the responsibility of rectifying any damage of this nature is the responsibility of the Tenant.