My landlord wants me to pay to replace a carpet because the moths have damage the carpet under my couch over my 2 years of stay.

Is this sort of damage the tenant's fault?

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Your tenancy agreement is your first port of call.

If that does not resolve your query, guidance from Shelter states that your landlord may use your deposit to cover damage you caused in the property, and they should only charge you a reasonable amount on a ‘like for like’ basis.

It goes on to say that reasonable amounts of wear and tear do not count as damage, and it depends on the extent, but I would say that 2 years of moth damage falls outside of this definition.

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