Cathy Gunn

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Monday 23rd September 2013


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Cathy Gunn

0:58 AM, 26th September 2013
About 7 years ago

Carpet moths - who pays for new carpets?

So...checked out the house today and was puzzled about the tenants' moth worries as (interestingly) it's not nearly as bad as they claimed. I was expecting moth-inflicted carnage in every carpeted room, from their dismal account of how grim it all was....but only one carpet shows some, fairly slight, signs of moth damage and the rest are fine - and indeed, are not wool carpets anyway. Bar a bit of normal wear and tear, tsome could also clearly do with a good clean.
I saw just two moths in the entire house, (now dead moths), and gave some advice about basic, ongoing, moth prevention management to keep the critters at bay. Can't vouch for what may be in the wardrobes, but looking after their own clothes is definitely up to tenants to take responsibility for.
So now the lead tenant accepts that there is no question of me re-carpeting the whole house for them. Bit of a climb down....
Instead, they seem willing now to replace at their cost (with a reasonable synthetic) the one bedroom carpet that does seem to have been a bit 'mothed'; and to call in someone at their cost, to clean the others carpets thoroughly anyway.
If they want to get some one to spray against moths generally, they will deal with that too.
As the hall and stair carpeting is undeniably getting on a bit, at about 7 or 8 years old now, with wear from heavier traffic than bedrooms get (but no sign of moth!) that probably is my 'bag' to sort out ultimately. I don't have to do it now, of course, so the question I have to ask myself as (I hope) a reasonable landlord is, do I replace it now with something inexpensive but reasonably durable, and of course mothproof (so prob a synthetic, = pretty much what we had originally, and had replaced with much the same thing after our first 7 years there, so it was newish and still in good condition when we left) ... or, do I just make sure that the stair carpet it is still safe, eg where one tread needs re-pinning, and tell the tenant to clean it thoroughly for now?
I should probably check out the costs of re-carpeting now with a suitable and sufficient - but not extravagant - carpet, and then decide! I'd also want to remind the tenants that, as they are supposed to look after it sensibly, I'd expect any new carpet that I put in, to still to be in pretty good condition when the tenancy ends in just under two years' time, just as it was when they took on the place (and any new hall carpet should have a longer life expectancy than that). If they mess it up between times, then they will have to stump up put that right.
What would you do?
We also never wore outdoor shoes in the house - really for hygiene reasons when we had small kids playing on floors - which also helped to keep the various carpets to wear less and be easier to keep cleaner ...but inviting tenants to think of doing that too, is probably not going to fly!... Read More

Cathy Gunn

16:27 PM, 23rd September 2013
About 7 years ago

Carpet moths - who pays for new carpets?

Reply to the comment left by "Mark Alexander" at "23/09/2013 - 10:43":

Thank you - that is all very helpful!... Read More

Cathy Gunn

16:23 PM, 23rd September 2013
About 7 years ago

Carpet moths - who pays for new carpets?

Reply to the comment left by "Vanessa Warwick" at "23/09/2013 - 11:29":

Hi - the tenants had been there 5 years and then renewed the lease for 2 more; Moths seem to have struck since the renewal. Carpets were decent as it had been our family home and were in good condition at the time and definitely moth-free.. Tenants did not complain about them at the point of the extending the lease. When they first reported moths I helped them find a treatment deal and they replaced one carpet with a synthetic one. Now they have moths again they seem to want me to contribute to replacing the other carpets.... does not seem quite right to me. I'd be happy for them to put in synthetic carpets of their choice, and then replace them myself with whatever I want at the point that we take the house back and move in ourselves.... Read More

Cathy Gunn

16:18 PM, 23rd September 2013
About 7 years ago

Carpet moths - who pays for new carpets?

Reply to the comment left by "Sally T" at "23/09/2013 - 13:58":

5 years and then renewed the lease with break clause etc for 2 years recently. It was our family home and so already had decent carpets that we had looked after and had never got moths. We may move back to it in 2 years time or sell it then and start over elsewhere.... Read More

Cathy Gunn

16:14 PM, 23rd September 2013
About 7 years ago

Carpet moths - who pays for new carpets?

Reply to the comment left by "Jay Jay" at "23/09/2013 - 15:10":

..because it had been our family home before we moved, and we decided to let it out - in order to return to it one day ourselves. So we let it with decent carpets that were already there. And no moths in our day !!... Read More