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Carpet replacement (by Eliza [MD]) Feb 1, 2023 9:41 PM
       Carpet replacement (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Feb 1, 2023 10:43 PM
       Carpet replacement (by Robert J [CA]) Feb 1, 2023 11:06 PM
       Carpet replacement (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Feb 2, 2023 1:08 AM
       Carpet replacement (by Vee [OH]) Feb 2, 2023 4:40 AM
       Carpet replacement (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Feb 2, 2023 6:31 AM
       Carpet replacement (by myb [GA]) Feb 2, 2023 8:10 AM
       Carpet replacement (by Allym [NJ]) Feb 2, 2023 1:56 PM
       Carpet replacement (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Feb 2, 2023 5:11 PM
       Carpet replacement (by Jim in O C [CA]) Feb 2, 2023 6:37 PM
       Carpet replacement (by plenty [MO]) Feb 2, 2023 6:54 PM
       Carpet replacement (by pete [OR]) Feb 2, 2023 8:29 PM
       Carpet replacement (by Dee Ann [WI]) Feb 2, 2023 9:48 PM
       Carpet replacement (by myob [GA]) Feb 3, 2023 6:30 AM
       Carpet replacement (by Sir Walter [NC]) Feb 3, 2023 7:20 AM
       Carpet replacement (by Jim in O C [CA]) Feb 3, 2023 9:51 AM
       Carpet replacement (by zero [IN]) Feb 4, 2023 8:47 AM

Carpet replacement (by Eliza [MD]) Posted on: Feb 1, 2023 9:41 PM

Is there a MD law referencing how often a landlord has to replace carpet for an existing tenant?


Carpet replacement (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Feb 1, 2023 10:43 PM


Ask them why.

They might be simply testing the waters.

They might think the carpet is disgustingly dirty.

Offer them a free steam cleaning for being a good resident. (Jeffrey's technique!)

Remember, national statistics show the average turnover is $1300 or more if they leave.


Carpet replacement (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Feb 1, 2023 11:06 PM

In West Hollywood, CA the Housing Department deliberately informs tenants that carpet HAS TO BE REPLACED Every 3 to 5 years, and have taken me to Housing Court. When I read out loud the Code/Section to the Judge, he/she tries to stop me saying they know the law! But after that section saying 3 to 5 years, it says "IF NECESSARY". Something that everyone tries to omit!

So when I examine every square inch of my tenants carpeting that they try to MAKE ME REPLACE IT, that using a fine tooth comb and a Black Light with Special Goggles, I will find:

Cat litter


Clothing Iron Burns

Moisture from wet feet leaving the bathroom (tub/shower) without wiping their feet.

These are are Tenant caused issues, that if proven, I could make my tenant pay for partial payment for the Depreciated value.

Carpet replacement (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Feb 2, 2023 1:08 AM

PS the carpet in MY home is 25 years old after kids, dogs, youth group...

and pa-leeese! NEVER replace with carpet. Only hard surface like LVT. Carpet is a stink and germ trap. It looks good on day one then goes down every day after that.

I don't suspect and housing authorities demand hardwood floors be replaced at certain times!


Carpet replacement (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Feb 2, 2023 4:40 AM

Put me inline with the transition to smooth floors, when someone asks me about carpet I refer them to a remnant store where they can get something cozy for their toes and throw it a few years later, it helps around the traffic door and get tossed out often.

Carpet replacement (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Feb 2, 2023 6:31 AM

In the house the carpet has been there since moving in 2002. If the carpet can be cleaned then replacement is not requuired other then a different colour. The best option is to install commercial porcelain flooring where easy to clean along will last a very long time. Tenants do not take care of flooring where fllooring must be more durable. If the tenant insists then the cost of replacing carpet has to amortize into rent where 60 months the carpet must paid for if replacement is not necessary.

Carpet replacement (by myb [GA]) Posted on: Feb 2, 2023 8:10 AM

carpet and pad 110 yds is 1800.00 installed. Hardwoods 7000.00. recent estimate.

6 yrs per tenant -- I can change carpet every 6 years that's 3 times and still be less than hardwoods. Absolutely looks great at first-- at first is where i get my best rent income. Isn't that the point of renting. MAX rent.

our policy: new carpet 1st yr: no pets allowed/2nd yr also.

Year 3 OK for certain pets. If tenant stays 3rd or even 4th yr -- well it's on them to keep clean. Should tenant destroy or damage carpet its pro rated and billed to them. tenant must have professionally cleaned upon vacating.


Carpet replacement (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Feb 2, 2023 1:56 PM

Yes, I get really low pile olefin, not polyester or nylon because those pack down. I get a medium beige and if the tenant thinks it's too bland they can get area rugs to put over. Good looking carpet, new or slightly used, is the best way to sell a unit to the new person. I have a steam clean company come out, not water or chemical but real steam on the truck. If there is then a problem with an odd stain after cleaning, I can replace one room with the same style and color. The carpet cleaner told me that olefin is the easiest for him to clean too. I get my units filled fast by taking pets, not big ones, cats and small dogs. Cat litter is so good now there is no smell at all when scooped regularly.

Carpet replacement (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Feb 2, 2023 5:11 PM

Not a specialist in MD law, but even if a law like existed, how does one get it enforced? Instead, if the carpet is questionable ask them about that pet that they were asking you about

Carpet replacement (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Feb 2, 2023 6:37 PM

I install a good grade of carpet and pay for annual cleaning. Most of my carpets get a minimum 8 years and most up to 12 years. Cheap apartment quality carpet just doesnít last more than 4 years and if not cleaned annually after 2 to 3 years looks bad.

Carpet replacement (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Feb 2, 2023 6:54 PM

Nylon carpet cleans up nicely. I've had my own for 30 years, with a cleaning ever so offen. Renters are just untitled, so do you want to keep them or let them go?

Carpet replacement (by pete [OR]) Posted on: Feb 2, 2023 8:29 PM

In my house, oak and fir floors. Rentals get vinyl plank. Pet urine stains hardwood floors and you can't get it out.

Carpet replacement (by Dee Ann [WI]) Posted on: Feb 2, 2023 9:48 PM

MYOB (GA) What would it cost to do vinyl plank in comparison to your calculation for carpet vs hardwood? --75.11.xx.xx

Carpet replacement (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2023 6:30 AM

Dee I tried vinyl plank years ago when i first saw people post here about it.

I JUST DON"T LIKE IT OR THE LOOK. It always looks like some cheap office.

You know most here know I change my tenants often-- so I like the fresh look of new carpet and feel of new pad.

Vinyl makes my skin crawl and I'm not sure why? --108.239.xx.xx

Carpet replacement (by Sir Walter [NC]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2023 7:20 AM

Ally and Jim,

Do you use the same carpet brand repeatedly? Can you post the information about a carpet brand/make/model that you have installed and are happy with? Thanks.

Carpet replacement (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2023 9:51 AM

Mohawk is my favorite. They are roll ends from luxury homes or hotels. Original cost was over $50 a yard and I pay mid $20ís plus use 5/8 pad.

Carpet replacement (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2023 8:47 AM

I started using heavier pad a little while back. I keep the pad longer than the carpet most times so worth it. Better pad is supposed to make the carpet last longer.

I'm still torn on putting all LVP in a duplex because of the noise. People tell me to just get an area rug for the center of the room. The furniture will be against the walls and the rug can be replaced faster and cheaper than the entire room.

I miss carpet on the floor when I get out of bed in the morning. I have all LVP or ceramic in my house now. It is definitely louder without some carpet.

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