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HOw often is a landlord supposed to...

paint the walls and change carpet?



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Re: HOw often is a landlord supposed to...

  • On our rental, we would only do this if it was needed in between renters.  I should add though that our carpet/floors look good.

    I'm not sure what it is if you rent from a company though. 

  • Thanks Rori. My friend is renting a place that hasn't had new carpet for AGES and she was wondering what her recourse could be to convince the landlord to get new carpet.
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  • Our landlord replaced our carpet right before we moved in. But it was NASTY. The previous tenants had lived there for 20+ years & were very dirty.

    I would just ask the landlord right out what they are willing to do. We asked for new paint & for a tree in the back to be cut down, and the landlord did it willingly because we are good tenants. Maybe if not the whole house, they would be willing to replace a room at a time or something if money is an issue.



    There is no law requiring landlords to paint the
    property or replace the carpet based on any set formula or passage of
    time. Landlords are required under California law to properly maintain
    the premises in a safe and habitable manner. Your landlord would be
    required to repaint your rental unit in the event that the failure to
    repaint has become a health and safety hazard.

      For example, if the paint is old it may contain lead and be a
    lead-based paint hazard if it is beginning to peel or come loose from
    the painted surfaces. If it is just a cosmetic issue then the landlord
    is not responsible for repainting and you may want to propose that the
    landlord repaint and you will pay some or all of the cost.

      The carpet is evaluated along the same lines. A worn carpet only
    becomes a health- and-safety issue when it is a trip and fall hazard
    or is so worn that the tack strip or other elements poke through and
    could injure someone. Again, if it is just ugly or out of date then
    the landlord is not legally obligated to do anything.

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  • There is not a law, but I saw a column in Action Line in the Merc not too long ago.  He had somebody from the city who said a "reasonable" expectation would be if the carpet was 5-7 years old with multiple tenants then it should probably get changed. 
  • Interesting post. The carpet in our apartment is pretty bad - besides the fact that its dark emerald green, it's full of rips, buckles and stains all over the place. We asked if they could change it before we moved in and they said no. It's literally the worst thing about living here.
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