The term “fair wear and tear” refers to the natural deterioration of a property as a result of normal, everyday use.
It’s impossible to live in a house without inflicting small damage, such as scuff marks on the walls or worn carpet in high-traffic areas.
Discoloration of draperies, carpets, paint, and even floorboards can occur due to exposure to the environment, particularly the intense Australian sun.
Frequently, once a tenant has moved out, the landlord will notice alterations to the property that occurred during the tenancy.
If these alterations are classified as fair wear and tear or damage inflicted intentionally or by the tenant failing to take reasonable care, the renter will be obligated to pay for them through their bond.
Knowing what constitutes fair wear and tear will help tenants get their bond back in full at the end of their tenancy.
Similarly, landlords with reasonable expectations for normal wear and tear and a competent property management should be able to prevent bond conflicts.
Although tenancy and real estate rules vary between different states, the market has mostly accepted this meaning of “tear and fair wear” and some examples are –