Tim Tran

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Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

I don't know what your laws are where you are. Where I live if the tenant changes the flooring without my permission, I can charge him to remove and replace the ceramic flooring he installed if I wanted too. A tenant has no rights to make changes to a rental property without the written consent of the owner. Check your tenancy laws and contract you have with the tenant, I would say no, you do not have to reimburse the tenant for a change you did not agree too.

Dec 30, 2020 05:43 PM
Ernie Steele
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty - Lebanon, PA
Call me, let's get started!!! 717-304-2912

Personally, I would say thanks for the tile.

Dec 31, 2020 05:27 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Absolutely not. In fact you can ask him to pay for reverting back to carpet since he did it without permission. And I suspect the lease says something about needing permission to make changes in the property.

Dec 31, 2020 04:49 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Most likely you could make a claim against the tenant for the cost of installing new carpeting. What does the lease say about making changes without permission? That is where you start

Dec 31, 2020 04:21 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What does the lease state about renovations?

Dec 30, 2020 06:33 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Is the tenant asking to be reimbursed?

Dec 30, 2020 06:28 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

You need to get legal help from a licensed attorney well versed in these matters.  

Dec 31, 2020 08:38 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Not in IL, tenant takes a loss on that. In fact, you could ask to put the home back into it's original condition (carpet).

Dec 31, 2020 06:03 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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What does the lease say?  A

Dec 30, 2020 08:48 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Tim Tran it depends on the lease agreement.

Dec 30, 2020 08:22 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Answer to your questions is: No.

It seems to be unanimous among those who have answered here.

Dec 31, 2020 06:56 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
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Reimburse the tenant?   Definitely not.  In fact, depending on the language in your lease, if you wanted to you'd be within your rights to hold back from their security deposit in order to return the property to the condition it was in when he moved in.

So, technically, whatever it cost you to remove the tile, and reinstall new carpet.  Personally, if the tile and installation are to your liking, I wouldn't do that... but if they're not... document everything, and send out that letter explaining the reasons behind withholding from his security.

Dec 31, 2020 06:47 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Not in Pennsylvania

Dec 31, 2020 06:33 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Does your lease say you have to?

Does it say that they must get your permission to renovate?

Does it say that anything substantial they do they must UNDO at the end of the term? 

It typically says that the property is left in substantially the same condition as first walkthrough. 

So if they did something to the property without your consent and there's nothing in the agreement that waives it, you could charge them to put the carpet back! Pulling up tile is pricey too!

If the tile is good and desirable in your area, hey thanks for the updating tenant! 


Dec 31, 2020 05:36 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Follow the what the contract says.  I know how that would play out in my area.  But who knows what other states contracts say

Dec 30, 2020 08:27 PM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Heck no, unless the signed lease/rental agreement says otherwise.  I would charge the tenant for the cost to put it back the way it was before the unauthorized renovation.

Dec 31, 2020 03:09 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Depends on your lease. More likely, you are entitled to ask tenant to remove tile and replace with carpet, but that would be up to you.

Dec 31, 2020 02:48 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Not only do you not owe them money, but if you do not like the tile or quality of work, you can hold the tenant liable for new flooring. But, if you like the tile, consider it a FREE gift. No payment.

Dec 31, 2020 08:30 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Not sure what your arrangements are with the tenant regarding upgrades, repairs etc 

Jan 01, 2021 10:47 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

This should be covered in your lease so start there. If this is a condo and yo u choose to keep the tile, confirm that the tile was installed in accordance with the COA guidelines. If not, you may be liable for a hefty fine and required to remove the tile at your expense so best to check before deciding.  

Dec 31, 2020 11:00 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Follow the terms of the lease.

Dec 31, 2020 08:47 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I wouldnt


Dec 31, 2020 05:09 AM
Jerrill Ewing
N & J Lake Properties, LLC - Eatonton, GA

depends upon the terms of the contract between the parties

Dec 31, 2020 11:53 AM
Caroline Gerardo
Licensed in 20 states - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

In most states you have the right to charge tenant to put back to original condition BUT if the carpet was old and end of it's life thank you tenant I hope the grout looks good and don't pay them anything

Dec 31, 2020 07:38 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

"Tim, the tile is cold and noisey and slippery. Is it ok if I put down carpet to make things better and safer for me?"  If you responded with 'Yes," or "OK," you may be on the hook.
If indeed the property was DEFACED, and the lease agrreement PROHIBITS tenant from doing updates or maintainence,  you are entitled to compensation. That is why you collected that security deposit.

IT always depends on the laws that exist where the property is located ANd what action the tenant can take, even if unseccussful, that can harm you financially.

Dec 31, 2020 04:59 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

NO....however, if it was done right and it is a plus...act accordingly

Dec 31, 2020 03:36 PM
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Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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Jan 01, 2021 08:04 PM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

The lease will not say that tenant can re-do as they like.

If it looks good, the tenant must leave it.

If it is a sloppy job, I would point to the section in the lease that forbids changes that are not approved...and I would have them remove the tile and put in new carpet.


Jan 01, 2021 12:08 PM