I am in 100% agreement with an inexpensive ceramic tile all the way! Neutral colors are great,. Be careful you don't go too light on the grout lines, light colors make it hard to keep clean. Go a bit darker.
You can accept pets and kids with tile. When the tenant leaves, their area rugs go with them! No mess, no smell and no headaches!
I have been buying single family rental homes of my own since 1996. When the carpet is finally shot, it goes out and we go with all ceramic tile.
Here in Florida we are fortunate that some of the older homes have terrazzo floors. If there is terrazzo under the carpet, better yet, minimal cost to buff them up to a beautiful shine. And all natural! No ceramic tile needed!
Cheaper utility costs- keeps the home cool in the summer!
As a landlord, make your life as streamlined as possible to avoid aggravations in the future! You don't want to be changing carpeting out every couple of years - it kills your cash flow! And it's a headache dealing with the tenant over the security deposit!
Best of luck to you,
Sandy Shores, Realtor
M & M Real Estate Inc
Residential & Investment
Florida's Space Coast