When should carpet be replaced in a rental?

it’s a tricky question that all landlords will face at some time or another – when should carpet be replaced in a rental property?

There is no fixed time limit or specific time frame in which carpets should be updated, although many landlords tend to redecorate around once every five years or at the end of a long tenancy.

However, the question remains – who is accountable? As the landlord, you are usually responsible to redecorate at the end of a tenancy, unless your agreement states otherwise or the tenant has damaged the property. Remember though – if the damage is the usual wear and tear then you will have to pay for this.

Carpet for rental property

carpet for rental

There are many factors to consider when buying a carpet for a rented property – practicality and colour neutrality are some of the most imperative, followed by hard-wearing the traffic is. That being said, you also want a good quality carpet that isn’t going to cost the earth!

Any carpet should be practical and durable (especially if you’re renting to a family with young children, just think of the spills!), easy-to-clean, hardwearing and comfortable. Grey has never been more popular and goes with most décor tastes, so would be a failsafe option.

The benefits of carpet in a rented property

Carpet is a good insulator for sound and heat, which can mean lower energy bills for your tenants, as well as avoiding noise complaints from neighbours. Not only is carpet ideal for providing warmth and comfort, but a good carpet with a decent underlay will last you years.

Best carpet for rented property

carpet renewal
  • Polypropylene carpet: A man-made synthetic fibre that is hard-wearing, stain-resistant and affordable. Easy-to-clean, a bleach mix can be used on particularly tough stains.

  • Wool carpet:: Natural sustainable and gorgeous to look at, wool is the most resilient fibre enabling it to recover quickly from footfall and retain its appearance. Wool carpets are soft, durable, easy to clean and are available in a 100% pure form or in a blend with at least 50%. Although it can be more expensive than man-made fibres, wool carpet is so long-lasting it’s seen as an investment by many.

  • Sisal carpet: Hardwearing, natural and soft, Sisal carpets could be a great option if you’re after a tough carpet for a rental property. comfortable underfoot and have a contemporary, almost organic appearance. A traditional weave gives Sisal carpets their distinctive texture.

  • Twist carpet: it gives you comfort underfoot, but you can feel safe in the knowledge that your new flooring can easily withstand the wear and tear of everyday life.
  • Other carpet types offer you a choice between functionality and comfort, but with a twist carpet there’s no need to choose!

What happens if you don’t change the carpet in a rental property?

As landlord, it is your responsibility to make sure that the property is safe and in a liveable condition. You’ll also have to repair anything that is damaged, such as anything structural, damage to the property’s exterior, heating and hot water, pipes and drains, electrical wiring and gas appliances to name a few.

However, you do not need to replace the carpet if it is still safe and in a good condition. If the previous tenant has damaged a carpet, then you’ll have to check your agreement to see if they have to pay for it, or if you can withhold the deposit to cover the costs. Just bear in mind that even if a carpet is damaged so badly that you have to replace it before the end of its normal lifespan, you may not be able to claim back the full cost of replacement from the deposit held.

If your tenants had pets

Muddy paw prints, cats clawing at the flooring… our lovable four-legged friends can cause a lot of damage to our homes! Even if you had agreed that your tenant could have a pet, it is reasonable to expect a tenant to pay towards cleaning costs, in particular, removal of pet hair from carpet, or to compensate for any damage that may have occurred. It would probably be sensible to take out relevant insurance if you agree to having a pet in your property.

Pet and tenancy

If you’re thinking of replacing any flooring before a new tenant moves in and they have a pet, then it may be a wise decision to look for a range of cheap carpet to avoid ruining a pricier carpet.

Top tip: always remember to seek legal advice or guidance from an estate agent!