• A tenant is entitled to fair wear and tear which would typically include minor marks and scratches
  • A tenant is liable only for damage beyond fair wear and tear
  • A landlord is not entitled to betterment I.e. To be in a better position at the end of the tenancy than at the start

In extreme cases a landlord may have a legitimate claim for compensation for redecorating the room. Consider this scenario:

  • Room completely redecorated immediately prior to the start of a tenancy
  • Single occupier with no pets occupies property for a very short period of time
  • Significant damage to the decoration that warrants redecoration at the end of the tenancy

For any claim to be reasonable it would need to be supported by evidence.

Further Reading

Can a landlord claim to redecorate whole wall if wall is scratched by tenant? (Jungle Property Blog)

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