We are vacating a rental property in Tasmania and our agent has said we have to replace the lounge room carpet due to "damage" from our cat. The carpet is cheap and there is only a two-metre by two-metre section that has pulls in it. It is the main thoroughfare from the front door into our lounge. The carpet is at least 7 years old. We have been there for 4 and the previous tenants (friends of ours) were there for 2.5yrs and it was older then. They are making us pay 50% of a quote as compensation. Which is $820 for the replacement for the lounge and the hallway (which has no damage). What are our property rights? I was told if the carpet is 5-10 years old they can't make us pay, and another said that as the landlords purchased the property only 5 years ago, they can't claim for damages as they didnt instal the carpet. We are allowed to have the cat and it is in our lease.