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Normal Wear and Tear

Deterioration to property one would expect from reasonable, light use. For example, small scratches or chips in the paint of a wall that occur over the course of a year or two may be considered normal wear and tear. A large hole in the wall resulting from a wild party generally would not. A tenant ordinarily does not compensate a landlord when the landlord repairs normal wear and tear.

wear and tear

the gradual deterioration in the efficiency (and value) of a productive ASSET through constant use. See DEPRECIATION 2, CAPITAL CONSUMPTION.

wear and tear

Physical deterioration of property as a result of normal usage and aging.