Ordinary Wear and Tear ≠ Grounds for Eviction

What Happened: After doing an inspection, the landlord tried to evict the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for violating its lease obligation to keep the premises in good repair, citing among other things:

  • Moss, birds, and bird droppings on the roof;
  • Safety netting installed under the ceilings;
  • Erosion of epoxy coating on the floors allowing water to leak in; and
  • Concrete deterioration of the ramp.

USPS denied violating the lease and insisted the damage was just ordinary wear and tear.

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