Determining fair wear and tear will depend on factors such as comparisons between the original and final Condition Reports, how long the property has been occupied for, the number of tenants that have lived there and the age of the property itself.
The best way to resolve disputes is always plan for the worst but expect the best! This means having a solid paper trail and photographs in the form of a Condition Report which can be used as evidence because it shows the condition of the property at the start of a lease. Visuals clearly demonstrate the changing conditions of the property over time so it is very important to keep them up to date.
Wear and tear is unavoidable, it is the damage that naturally and inevitably occurs as a result of normal use or ageing, but staying on top of maintenance and fixing minor issues before they become big problems helps keep the investment in its best condition.
A landlord can prepare for this by performing minor refurbishments such as painting and replacing the floor coverings and window furnishings every 7-10 years.