Real estate: What is normal wear and tear?
The real answer is: It all depends….and take lots of “Pre” move in and “Post” move out photos!
What might be interpreted as small scratches on a door handle might otherwise be considered property damage by the landlord, depending on the terms of your lease and conditions before your move-in and after your move-out. Typically something minor won’t be held against you, but lots of minor things add up to major repairs.
Atlanta Fox 5 News Interview with Real Estate Expert John Adams. He said that “normal wear and tear” is not legally defined but determined by each case. So be sure to video the before and after conditions of your residence.
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