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What is obsolescence?

Age refers to natural wear and tear caused by normal, prolonged use of the property, for example:

- faded paintwork
- worn floor coverings

Damage caused by old age is the responsibility of the owner.  To distinguish between damage caused by obsolescence (for which the owner is responsible) and damage caused by deterioration (for which the tenant is responsible), the owner and tenant may decide to apply an obsolescence scale to avoid any conflict. 

This grid defines a theoretical lifespan and an annual reduction coefficient for the main materials and equipment in the property. These elements (theoretical useful life and coefficient) are used to vary the price the tenant has to pay for rental repairs, depending on the length of time the property has been occupied.

You can find many examples of obsolescence tables on the Internet.

Updated on: 15/09/2023

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