The carpet is one of the most well-used items in a rental unit and can become very dirty over time. Some apartment complexes change the carpet and paint after every tenant. Are their any rules on how often a landlord has to replace carpet or repaint a rental unit?
<h2>Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Guidelines for Carpet</h2>
An apartment rug or carpet collects, dust, dirt, old skin, cat hair, insects and rotting food. Some housing units have returned to the original hard wood floors to avoid the health problems associated with old carpets. Children will put their hands on a dirty carpet and into their mouths. They could become very sick.
Air circulating over a dirty carpet can create breathing problems, like asthma. Some heat registers are located right along the floor and sweep air up from the carpet. Changing the carpet improves air quality immediately.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has set guidelines of 7 years for the replacement of carpet in rental units. Modern carpets are fairly durable, but after 4 or 5 years, you can start to see them lose their color and texture. The carpet fibers might not stand up straight any longer and you see matted-down patches.
<h2>How Often Should an Apartment be Repainted</h2>
Your paint is not only for appearance, it is also insulation and protection for your walls. There is both the inner primer layer and the outer paint layer. Some municipalities uses old lead paint, so be careful and read your renting manual to see if that is a concern. Old paint chips can be a health risk.
Under city guidelines, the landlord is obligated to repaint your apartment unit every 3 years. Most of the time they don’t do this because it would require covering all your furniture and the carpet. Where would you live while paint fumes were filling your housing unit?
Thus, if your landlord tries to force you to pay for a new carpet and paint after you leave, quote the statutes. Did they replace these items as required under the law during your stay? Protect your renting rights by knowing your landlord’s obligations to provide a good, clean, hygienic apartment.
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