Legal-Ease: Normal wear and tear on rentals

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney with Schroeder Law LLC in Ottawa. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at (419) 523-5523. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

Many people are aware of the term “normal wear and tear,” but it can be murky defining what exactly normal wear and tear can be.

Normal wear and tear refers to normal use by the tenant that means that certain items, such as carpet, will wear, and that other items, such as latches and door handles, will break from normal use.

Landlords and tenants are aware of the phrase “normal wear and tear.” Tenants do not have to pay for broken or damaged items when the tenant’s use does not create anything more than normal wear and tear to the property.

What is normal wear and tear, and how is that different from other, excessive damage?

Read more about “normal wear and tear” and how it is used in the context of rental properties as well as farm buildings in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Normal wear and tear on rentals

Source:, “Legal-Ease: Normal wear and tear on rentals,” by Lee R. Schroeder, July 4, 2015

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