Rental Property Damages: Malicious Damage and Wear and Tear 😟

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If you're a landlord, you've likely encountered a situation where tenants have damaged your rental property. Yes, we know how it can be a frustrating and disheartening experience. But wait a minute, did you know that not all damage is categorized as the same? Let’s take a look at it…

MALICIOUS DAMAGE - Intentional and Unnatural 

Malicious damage refers to intentional acts of harm or destruction inflicted upon the landlord's property or belongings. This awful situation is causing harm and financial loss to the property owner.

Examples of Malicious Damage

  • Purposely drawing or painting on the walls.

  • Doors or cabinets are forcefully broken or ripped off.

  • Countertops are getting burned intentionally. 

  • Deliberate destruction



WEAR AND TEAR: Long-term use leads to natural aging

Wear and tear in rental property means that things naturally get worn out or damaged over time. It occurs gradually as tenants conduct regular activities in the rental property. It's just a normal part of how things age and show signs of use over time.

Examples might be the wear and tear

  • Faded Paint and Curtain: Throughout a lease, the paint on the walls and the curtain may gradually fade or lose its original color due to exposure to sunlight or regular cleaning.

  • Scuffed Floors: Floors in high-traffic areas, such as entryways or hallways, may develop scuff marks or minor scratches from regular foot traffic.

  • Loose Door Handles: With repeated use, door handles or knobs may become slightly loose or less sturdy, requiring tightening or replacement over time.

  • Bathroom Tiles: May crack or chip over time due to regular use.

  • Loose or Squeaky Floorboards: With everyday walking, floorboards can become loose or develop squeaks.

We all know how unpleasant it is when someone purposefully damages our belongings. But we must understand that objects have a limited lifespan and can help us set realistic expectations and take appropriate measures to maintain and replace items when needed.

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