Fair wear and tear vs damage
Items damaged as a result of fair wear and tear are for the landlord’s account. Fair wear and tear is defined as damage to an item over time due to the normal or ordinary use of that item, or normal exposure to the elements or nature. As a rule, the tenant is responsible for any items that need to be cleaned or are damaged (not as a result of normal use) either deliberately, accidentally or negligently. The RHA (Rental Housing Act) specifies that the cost of repairs done by the landlord, using the tenant’s deposit, must be “reasonable”.