It seems like a pretty common thing in New Jersey/New York lease agreements riders to add a clause that tenant is responsible to cover 80% of the apartment with carpets, so lets say its there. My question is about reason and fairness
Firstly why would the landlord make the flooring wooden if this ultimately it needs to be carpeted every time the unit is rented?
And secondly carpeting the apartment is a pretty complicated and expensive job assuming one does it properly. Why is it a tenant's responsibility ? What is the idea here? Make the tenant pay for putting the carpeting at move-in time and then again make him pay to take it off at move out time and also pay for damages if something happens to the flooring while taking off the carpet? Or if the carpet is left then charge him for not returning the apartment in the same condition as received?
This lopsided rule doesn't make any sense to me from any angle. Does it make sense to anyone else apart from landlords?
A landlord and tenant can agree to anything so long as it is not prohibited by statute or otherwise. The carpet clause in the rider is very common. Landlords include the carpet clause in case a tenant, under the apartment, complains about noise. At the same time, wooden floors are a desirable feature so landlord's install them to attract tenants. If your landlord enforces the clause and requires that you install the carpet they will most likely not require that you remove the carpet at the end of your lease. You may want to discuss/confirm this with your landlord.
It makes sense in that you agree to it or don't move in. And there is a noise damping effect that helps all have quiet.
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I agree with the other two answers to this question. It is a common clause and is related to noise reduction. You can negotiate with the landlord. But if the terms are not acceptable to you, choose a different place.
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