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aziguzi

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HI!

I have the same tenants in my house for the past 1.5 years. When I visited the house recently notice quite a bit of dirt accumulated in high traffic areas on carpets. The carpets were renewed right beofre these tenants moved in. In our lease, I have it stated that they will need to do professional carpet cleaning before vacating the house however,  they will be in it for 2 years at the end of this lease term and plan on renewing the lease.  At this point, do I have a right to ask them for carpet cleaning out of their own pocket? the property is in Colorado.

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Does it look like the carpets are damaged beyond normal wear and tear?  You cannot charge them for normal wear and tear on a carpet.

I also don't think you can force them to do an interim carpet cleaning but you could casually mention that those stains may not come out if they wait another 1.5 years.  Politely remind them that they are responsible for non-normal wear and tear.

Keep in mind, even if the carpet is trashed at the end of year 3, you can only charge them 40% of the cost of a new carpet (2/5 useful life remaining).

If you are worried that the carpet won't be salvageable after their tenancy, offer to have the carpets professionally cleaned as a "bonus" for staying on another year when they renew.  Couple it with a small rent increase and I doubt they will object much. 

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aziguzi

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THis is a great suggestion and thank you for your feedback.
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In addition to what was said, if you have carpets in a rental, you need to plan on replacing them after a 3-4 year tenant. Even a tenant that takes care of them could leave them looking old to someone looking to rent the place. We started replacing all carpet with vinyl plank flooring so that it looks better, is easier to clean, and lasts longer. 
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