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Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceRenting & Real Estate · 1 decade ago

Is there a law in MIchigan for how often carpet should be replaced in a rental unit?


We lived in the apartment for 3 years. The tenant before us lived there for 6 years. The landlord said he couldn't replace the carpet by the time we wanted to move in, so he told us to not worry about the carpet (that it needed to be replaced anyways). now that we've moved out, he took $700 out of our security deposit to replace the carpet. I realize now how important it is to get those kinds of things in writing, because we did not.. and now this happens =/

7 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Unless you caused damage beyond normal wear & tear, then the landlord is WRONG in charging you for the carpet

    MI statute 554.607

    A security deposit may be used only for the following purposes:

    (a) Reimburse the landlord for actual damages to the rental unit or any ancillary facility that are the direct result of conduct not reasonably expected in the normal course of habitation of a dwelling.

    Source(s): Michigan tenant landlord law
  • 5 years ago


    Source(s): Rent-To-Own Homes -
  • 1 decade ago

    Not specifically. The subject is addressed as reasonable wear and tear and generally, carpeting is a negotiation at the time of discussing potential rental. Your landlord could have had that carpet replaced within 24 hours. It's just that easy. So you've been handed a line of BS and your landlord took advantage of you. The good news? You can go to court and get the money back. You will find that the courts tend to support the tenant more so than the landlord, unless you were a lousy tenant and there were documented problems with you during your tenancy. I would take the jerk to small claims court. Most landlords are too greedy and too lazy to show up in court. He will want to settle with you. I would definitely take steps to get your money back. And by the way, you won't need an attorney. Just go to small claims court, tell them what you want to accomplish and they'll give you the forms. It's not rocket science and you'll be glad you took the initiative.

  • 1 decade ago

    There is no law in MI dictating how often a carpet needs to be replaced. Carpet, if taken care of, can last up to 13 yrs. You said it was there for 6 yrs before you. Was it dirty or just worn? Now you have been there for 3 yrs. Is it dirty or just worn or worse? Are there stains put there by you? Is it beyond cleaning? There is normal wear and tear, but stains and filth are not it. Did he charge you the full amount of the carpet? Or a portion?

    He can only charge you a portion of the carpet cost if you didnt damage it enough to replace it. For this he can use your deposit. That is what it is for. But you need a detailed damage report on that carpet from him or take him to court.

    Source(s): 13 yr landlord in MI
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  • 1 decade ago

    I dont' know. But if you move in and have been there a short time and then start asking for thing to be replaced, it isn't fair to the owner. Rent is based on amount spent on the apartment and you accepted it as it was for the price. If I replace carpeting, the rent goes up because people want the better carpeting and are willing to pay for it. If you've been there for awhile and it is time to sign a new lease, that is the time to barter for the new carpeting. Ask the owner to replace it or you will have to move. Be prepared that he will probably raise your rent suitably. Lease time is time to barter. . .Carpeting is a big expense to owners so while you might like new, they have to get a certain amount of wear out of it. If it is stained, there are lots of better products out there now that can really clean up carpeting and make it look very nice. Just trying to get you to look at it from the owner's point of view so that you can understand where he might be coming from. . .

  • 1 decade ago

    dont think so.....why?....what if you have hard woods? he might replace it now, or just do the new tenants, like he did you. not sure if you have any recourse, if he dont use your money to replace it. you might....if you can, keep an eye on it, but you had nothing in writing...........probably be hard to prove..........

    on your end........

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago



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