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Apartment maintenance

As a tenant, it is your responsibility to take care of the apartment in the manner provided by law. You are responsible for all damage exceeding normal wear and tear caused to the apartment by you or your visitors.

Normal wear and tear includes, for example, natural aging of the apartment, such as signs of wear on the walls and floor surfaces. It is completely natural that traces of living will be left over time and, therefore, Koas does not expect the apartment to be in exactly the same condition at the end of the lease. The number of persons living in the apartment also affects the assessment of wear. A large family usually leave more traces of living than a single individual.

If damage or traces that have appeared in the apartment during the lease are not considered normal wear and tear, the tenant must compensate them to Koas. The tenant is liable for any damage caused by the tenant wilfully or through negligence or other carelessness, as well as for damage caused by a person staying in the apartment with the tenant’s consent.

Sudden damage caused, for example, by an individual incident cannot be considered normal wear and tear. If damage is caused by mistreatment of surfaces (for example, use of an incorrect cleaning agent) or lack of appropriate care, it cannot be considered normal wear and tear even if it has generated during a longer period.

If the apartment is rented with furniture, the tenant must also take care of the furniture. Normal wear and tear is acceptable as long as the furniture is used for its intended purpose. Traces left due to aging of furniture and daily use are considered normal wear and tear.

How to avoid unnecessary damage and wear in your apartment:

  • Minimise any marks left on the floor from pieces of furniture by attaching felt pads to their feet.
  • When moving furniture, use a carpet.
  • Do not drill holes on the wall but use hangers for hanging posters, paintings, etc.
  • Use picture hooks only moderately.
  • Pay attention to the wall material before fastening hooks or stickers on the wall.
  • Close the windows and the balcony door when it rains to prevent water from getting in.
  • Use a carpet in front of the entry door to avoid damage caused by sand or snow.
  • Use a shower curtain for preventing water splashing on the bathroom furniture.
  • Request a consent for any modification work from the Koas Office.

Read more: Condition check and liability for damages