Responsibilities for Carpet Replacement

QUICK FACTS
  • Responsibility for Repairing/Replacing. State laws do not directly require landlords to replace or repair carpets.
  • When the Landlord is Required to Repair/Replace. Landlords may only be required to repair or replace carpets if required in the lease or if the current state of the carpets render the unit “unlivable” (read more).

Each state has its own rules on what needs to be provided for living conditions in rentals to be deemed “acceptable”, known as the Implied Warranty of Habitability. As none of the states require the landlord to repair or maintain carpets, the landlord’s responsibility for the same will depend on the lease agreement or how the state of the carpet affects habitability.

Replacing or Restoring Carpets

If the lease includes carpets or provides for the landlord’s responsibility to maintain, restore or repair them, then the landlords must comply. If the lease or rental agreement is silent on the matter, then the landlord’s responsibility will hinge solely on whether or not, the state of the carpet or lack thereof makes the unit “unlivable.”

Unlivable Conditions

If the presence of the carpet in its current condition makes the unit unlivable, then the landlord would be required to replace it.

The dirtiness of carpets may cause the unit to be unlivable as in the case of being extremely filthy from things such as pet urine or feces.  Another potential reason could be The presence of black mold.

However, torn or damaged carpets may also cause the unit to bo unlivable. They may present safety hazards where there are gaps, tears or nails sticking out that are reasonably likely to cause people to trip and fall.

Lastly, in states that require the landlord to decontaminate units known to have been used in the production of methamphetamines, replacing carpets would be included in the decontamination/clean-up process.

Tenant-Caused Damage

As an exception to the above, no state requires the landlord to replace/repair damaged carpet if the damage to the carpet has been caused by the tenant.

Should the landlord choose to repair or replace the carpet anyway, the tenant may be made to pay for the cost of the same.  Moreover, some states even allow the landlord to terminate the lease early if the tenant damages the carpets.