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Old 03.01.2020, 18:39
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Cheap wood floors in apartment

Hello all,

We just moved into a place. It is quite expensive and recently renovated.

However, the wood floors are so unbelievably cheap and I don’t know what to do. They are not finished or protected in anyway. The other day, I was cleaning and my finger nail left a deep scratch in the wood. My friend brought her well behaved dog over and he left deep scratches in the floor just from walking around. I bought special parquet/wood carpet tape and it just peeled an entire section off of the floor. We are regularly walking around without shoes & getting splinters in our feet. It’s that bad!

I know our landlord would charge us thousands of dollars now upon move out and this is absolutely ridiculous. I was present for the handover inspection and she was very strict with the flooring.

We do have insurance. Is there anyway we could hire someone to finish these floors before it gets worse? Willing to pay now instead of a fortune later. Any advice is much appreciated.

Thanks a lot!
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Hello all,

We just moved into a place. It is quite expensive and recently renovated.

However, the wood floors are so unbelievably cheap and I donít know what to do. They are not finished or protected in anyway. The other day, I was cleaning and my finger nail left a deep scratch in the wood. My friend brought her well behaved dog over and he left deep scratches in the floor just from walking around. I bought special parquet/wood carpet tape and it just peeled an entire section off of the floor. We are regularly walking around without shoes & getting splinters in our feet. Itís that bad!

I know our landlord would charge us thousands of dollars now upon move out and this is absolutely ridiculous. I was present for the handover inspection and she was very strict with the flooring.

We do have insurance. Is there anyway we could hire someone to finish these floors before it gets worse? Willing to pay now instead of a fortune later. Any advice is much appreciated.

Thanks a lot!

Speak with the landlord and come to an arrangement.


If you decide to do something now off your own bat, such as vitrifying or varnishing the parquet, the landlord can force to to put it back as it was when you leave so you will get doubly screwed, once now and once later


Speak, dialogue with the Landlord, maybe they are not even aware how crap the parquet is !
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I'd personally say that if even tape removes part of the floor and it is splintering that it is your landlords problem and not yours.

Inform him and invite him to take a look, he can than take up action with the installers since their product sucks.
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Yes I would think so, but when I saw the handover and how unreasonable they were...I realized there wasn’t an open dialogue. I’m absolutely freaked and I know the previous tenants were only here for a short time, but I wonder if they literally tip toed around the place the whole time as we’ve been here the same amount of time as they have and it looks like a war zone in comparison. And we don’t wear shoes in the house or have parties ... madness.

Maybe I should go to the Mietverband in advance? That way there is a written record in advance to our move? At this point, I’m scared into staying for years.
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I'd personally say that if even tape removes part of the floor and it is splintering that it is your landlords problem and not yours.

Inform him and invite him to take a look, he can than take up action with the installers since their product sucks.
I agree completely with Edwin on this. These sound like "defects" i.e. for which the landlord is responsible and not "damages" caused by you.

Do not delay! There is usually a defined period, after moving in, during which you should report defects.

Yes, go to the Mieterverband. Take along your rental contract that the inspection sheet you got at the handover.

Also take many, many photos of each individual damaged part of the floor. In each photo, include a ruler and (because it helps the non-numeric people) a standard sized, instantly identifiable object, like a small pack of tissues.

Take a clear photo of the tape, showing it to be appropriate to the task.

Type up a list of the damages, room by room, and specify the size of the damages. Most especially specify where there are splinters. Take a photo of the splinters, ditto.

Take heed of Today only's warning:
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and do not, do not, do not treat the floor in any way without prior written consent from your landlord.

Once you have been to the Mieterverband and had the terminology written up properly, write to the landlord or
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Hello all,

We just moved into a place. It is quite expensive and recently renovated.

However, the wood floors are so unbelievably cheap and I donít know what to do. They are not finished or protected in anyway. The other day, I was cleaning and my finger nail left a deep scratch in the wood. My friend brought her well behaved dog over and he left deep scratches in the floor just from walking around. I bought special parquet/wood carpet tape and it just peeled an entire section off of the floor. We are regularly walking around without shoes & getting splinters in our feet. Itís that bad!

I know our landlord would charge us thousands of dollars now upon move out and this is absolutely ridiculous. I was present for the handover inspection and she was very strict with the flooring.

We do have insurance. Is there anyway we could hire someone to finish these floors before it gets worse? Willing to pay now instead of a fortune later. Any advice is much appreciated.

Thanks a lot!
Always speak to the Mietverband first to get the correct information before speaking to a landlord And never just take action into your own hands by getting any significant work done without speaking to the landlord first.
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