How long should carpet last in a rental property?

A good quality carpet in rental property should last for about 10 years with normal wear and tear. When a carpet wears out and it has not been damaged by the tenant, the landlord is usually responsible for replacing it. Obviously, this only applies when the property is rented furnished or semi-furnished with the carpets included in the tenancy agreement.

Carpets should only be subject to normal wear and tear. If tenants have many wild parties with drinks spilt and broken glass trod into the carpet, it will soon look damaged. The landlord is entitled to charge for this damage, provided they can show that the carpet has been subject to excessive wear and tear.

Cheaper quality carpets may only last between three to five years and are not recommended.

No carpet lasts forever, so replacing carpets every ten years or so should be included in the estimated running costs of the rented property business.

Carpets need regular vacuuming and to be professionally deep cleaned at least annually. At the end of a tenancy, if the carpet is very dirty, the landlord can charge the tenants for cleaning, otherwise, the landlord is responsible for cleaning the carpet ready for the new tenants.

If a landlord wants a floor covering to last longer, it is worth considering laminate or vinyl, which can last for more than 15 years. Many LVT (luxury vinyl tiles) manufacturers will guarantee their floor coverings for 15 to 25 years. If the property is at the high end of the rental market, solid wood is worth looking at, as wood can last 75 years and can be sanded to renovate it if the floor gets worn or marked. These alternatives to carpets may cost more initially, but because they do not need replacing as often, they can be shrewd investments in the long term.