What Is Considered “Normal Wear and Tear” in Las Vegas Rental Property?

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By Goldenwest Management

LAS VEGAS, NV. – If you’ve owned Las Vegas rental property for any length of time you know that the security deposit return can often be a headache. Some property owners will do everything they can to keep as much of the security deposit as possible citing “wear and tear” but, what exactly is “normal” wear and tear?

In this article, we will break down wear and tear so you will know how to address this issue with your tenant after they have moved out of your Las Vegas Rental Property.
Defining Wear And Tear

Thanks to uslegal.com we know that normal wear and tear can be defined as deterioration that’s unavoidable and has come from normal use in a rental property.

Nevada Landlord Tenant law (NRS 118A.110) 

NRS 118A.100 “Landlord” defined. … NRS 118A.110 “Normal wear” defined. “Normal wear” means that deterioration which occurs without negligence, carelessness or abuse of the premises, equipment or chattels by the tenant, a member of the tenant’s household or other person on the premises with the tenant’s consent.

When thinking about normal wear and tear some examples might include paint that is has chipped away from the walls, carpeting that needs cleaning or normal holes in the walls from tenants hanging pictures, shelves etc.

Nail holes (not load bearing screws); minor scrapes and scratches; minor chips in tile or wood; minor fraying or track patterns in a carpet.

Normal Wear And Tear vs. Abnormal Wear And Tear

Normal wear and tear, or unavoidable deterioration, is to be expected, especially when you consider that an average tenant will be renting from you for an average of 12 months.
Each state has a “calculator” to cover what percentage of damage for things such as painting and flooring a Tenant would be responsible after living at a property for a certain period of time (obviously the longer you live there, the less percentage you could feasibly be responsible). In addition contratary to popular belief, you can’t paint your whole house or change all your carpets (I know they won’t match perfectly) based off damage to a different section/area in the home.

Abnormal wear and tear can be anything from an obvious hole that your tenant kicked in the wall, broken windows, broken fixtures, oil stains on the carpets, cigarette burns, or broken window coverings.

Work With Your Tenant, Not Against Them

It’s obvious to clearly define what normal wear and tear are and if you’re serious about maintaining a great relationship with your tenant from start to finish you should take pictures of the rental property before they move in and afterwards so they are aware of the impact that they’ve left on your Las Vegas Rental Property.

What matters is proper documentation – We can’t work things out as landlord and tenants if we don’t have a solid foundation for what the condition of the property was like at the time of move-in. Landlord – when was the last time the home was painted? Flooring was changed? Did both Tenant and landlord take photos or at least fill out a MIWT form at the beginning of lease? Understanding the definition of “normal wear and tear” and then applying this to a Move-out inspection that has already documented a significant (or not) change to the home from move-in is what is necessary for both parties to reach common ground.

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