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Re: How do I prorate the carpet? by P-Bone (NY and OH) on October 31, 2017 @11:17

If I remember correctly and someone please correct me if I am wrong, I believe that per IRS carpet has a 5-7 year depreciable life. I am not sure how that would go over in a court proceeding, but generally I would be fair and try to follow those guidelines so that I wouldn't be questioned. With that stated, 50% of the value would be significantly higher than allowed. If you chose to pay to have anything cleaned/repaired instead of replaced, you could charge the whole amount of that bill.
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Re: How do I prorate the carpet? by Garry (Iowa) on October 31, 2017 @11:49 [ Reply ]
That 50% number was simply an amount I chose to try to be fair to both the LL and T. And the IRS's 5-7 year dep. life is based on normal wear and tear, not urine-soaked carpeting, or tons of stains and heavy dirt. Who knows, in the IRS's fine print, they may say the 5-7 year life is also based on a tenant having the carpet cleaned once a year. At any rate, if a T does not agree with the costs they were charged, they have every right to take the LL to court, at which time a judge will decide what amount should be used.
    Re: How do I prorate the carpet? by Anonymous on November 1, 2017 @01:19 [ Reply ]
    A landlord can only charge for actual damages, not some made up pie in the sky dollar figure because the landlord believes that's fair.
Re: How do I prorate the carpet? by Shelly on October 31, 2017 @18:14 [ Reply ]
Thanks. What's interesting is that she said they got someone to clean the carpets...but they were still stained and the smell was horrendous. I'll post here if I get any relief without having to go to court.

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