▷ Scratched and nibbled: animals in the rented apartment

24.11.2020 – 11:45

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Scratches in the parquet, stains on the carpet: pets often leave traces in rented apartments. However, the owner does not have to pay for all damage when he moves out. The R + V Insurance information center draws your attention to this.

Normal signs of wear are included

A tenant may leave his apartment with “normal” signs of use when moving out. “These include, for example, individual superficial scratches in the floor or pressure points from furniture,” says Sascha Nuss, a lawyer at R + V Versicherung. This may be judged differently if the animals scratch walls or doors considerably or nibble on carpets that have been rented out. “As far as it is reasonable for them, tenants must avoid damaging the apartment. This also applies if the landlord expressly allows animals to be kept in the rental agreement,” explains the R + V expert.

A handover protocol provides security

Example parquet flooring: if there is a risk that a dog will cause severe scratches, the tenant must take action. He can, for example, lay out a carpet, deny the animal access to the specific room or put on dog socks. Cat owners must ensure that their four-legged friend uses a litter box. If the floor is permanently contaminated with urine stains when moving out, the tenant must reckon with claims for damages from the landlord – if he has not completely eliminated the damage before moving out. “Whether it is normal wear and tear or damage that goes beyond the contractual use must usually be decided on a case-by-case basis,” explains Sascha Nuss. A handover protocol provides security for tenants and landlords, in which the deficiencies already existing at the beginning of the tenancy are listed.

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Further tips from the R + V information center:

-  Wenn ein Mieter bei Auszug Schäden beseitigen muss, kann ihn der Vermieter auch für eventuell dadurch bedingten Mietausfälle zur Kasse bitten. 
-  Ein generelles Haustierverbot in Mietverträgen ist nicht zulässig. Der Vermieter darf jedoch die Klausel einfügen, dass er bei Hunden und Katzen vorher einwilligen muss. Allerdings darf er seine Zustimmung nicht grundlos verweigern. 
-  Über eine Tierhalterhaftpflichtversicherung sind meist auch Sachschäden an den Räumen in Mietwohnungen abgedeckt.  

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