WHAT IS “NORMAL” ANYWAY?

Washington state law says a tenant cannot be charged for any normal wear and tear that occurs to the rental property.  Even if a tenant does damage to the property the cost of repair or replacement may need to be depreciated.  For instance, HUD says that interior paint in a rental has a life expectancy of two years and carpeting has a life of six years.  Based on this, if a tenant has been in the property for more than two years, routine painting would be considered normal wear and tear.  However, if walls need to be primed before painting because the tenant heavily marked the walls or if there are holes in the walls needing repair, those preparations would be damage and a tenant expense.

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About Coldwell Banker Bain Property Management

As residential property managers for Coldwell Banker Bain Property Management Division, we manage single family residences, individual condominium units and small apartment complexes in the greater Puget Sound region. We serve Seattle, Tacoma, Anacortes, Marysville, Bainbridge Island, Lynnwood, Everett, Redmond, Bellevue and many other cities in Washington State. We also offer full service commercial property management.
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