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After living in an apartment for 5 years the carpeting is old ,worn and smelly, can the landlord charge me $150.00 to replace.

Milwaukee, WI |

The carpet was in terrible condition when I moved in

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Attorney answers 2


no way---unless there is a provision in your lease agreement that addresses the issue or the LL can tie the damge to you. Normal wear and tear is NOT your responsibility.

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The current law in Wisconsin is that for normal wear and tear the landlord may not withhold any amount from a security deposit for normal wear and tear, or for other damages or losses for which the tenant cannot reasonably be held responsible under applicable law.

That only speaks to your security deposit should you vacate the premises. You should read your lease for further details on the respective responsibilities of the tenant and landlord.