reasonable wear and tear

reasonable wear and tear

n. commonly used in leases to limit the tenant's responsibility (and therefore liability to repair or repaint) upon leaving. It is subjective, but the considerations include the length of time of tenancy (the longer the occupancy the more wear and tear can be expected), the lack of unusual damage such as a hole in the wall or a broken window, and the condition of the premises when the tenant moved in. This is often a source of conflict between landlord and tenant, particularly when there is a deposit for any damages "beyond reasonable wear and tear." (See: lease)

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However, as a tenant you are entitled to receive your entire deposit refunded from your landlord (real estate company) if you are satisfied that the apartment, while handing over after the completion of tenancy period, has only reasonable wear and tear and the damage is beyond your control.
The fair market value of undamaged signs, owned by the dealer and purchased as a requirement of the manufacturer, and bearing the trademark or trade name of the manufacturer must factor into the computation of reasonable compensation owed, as must the cost of all "special tools, data processing equipment, and automotive service equipment" owned by the dealer if that equipment was recommended in writing and purchased at the request of the manufacturer and remains in good condition, excepting reasonable wear and tear. Finally, reasonable compensation must include the cost of "transportation, handling, packing, storing and loading" of property subject to repurchase.
QUENTIN SAYS: Your warranty provider could argue that at 80,000 miles the clutch has failed because of reasonable wear and tear. But it's certainly not right for a car you've only had for a matter of weeks to be unusable.
Without prejudice to the tenant's obligation to carry out the restorations that have been agreed upon or which are customary for tenants to undertake the tenant may not make any changes or carry out any restoration or maintenance works to the real property unless so permitted by the landlord and after obtaining required licences from the competent official entities." Further, drilling of holes on the wall may not be treated as reasonable wear and tear and considered as structural damages even if they look like minor changes.
A THE warranty provider could legitimately claim that at 80,000 miles the clutch has failed because of reasonable wear and tear. But it's certainly not right for a car you've only had for a month to be unusable.
A THE warranty provider could legitimately claim that at 70,000 miles the clutch has failed because of reasonable wear and tear. But then it's certainly not right for a car you've only had for a month to be unusable.