Who is responsible for end of tenancy cleaning?
Category: End of Tenancy Cleaning
According to research carried out by removals company Kiwi Movers, more than half of tenants have seen their deposits fully or partially withheld by landlords in the last five years.
Insufficient cleaning was cited as one of the main reasons, alongside the need for minor repairs.
Of course, as a tenant you should never leave rented accommodation in a poor state, but is it really your responsibility to organise End of Tenancy Cleaning, or should this be the landlord's job?
It all depends on what is written into your tenancy agreement. If it states that you must have the property professionally cleaned on your departure, then you must do so.
If you do not, then your landlord has the right to withhold some of your deposit to cover this cost.
When hiring professional cleaners, make sure you discuss what needs to be done and obtain a receipt as proof of the service for your landlord.
You should not, however, be expected to pay to make the property cleaner than it was when you moved in.
If it wasn't adequately cleaned after the previous tenants moved out and your landlord is threatening to take money off you for professional cleaning, you could well win a dispute.
But what if your tenancy agreement doesn't mention expert cleaning services? In that case, you should look carefully at what it does say.
It may simply say you should leave the property in clean condition, or it might state specifically what needs to be done, such as cleaning carpets, ovens and upholstery.
Either way, if you are at all unsure of what's expected of you, check with your landlord first as this could prevent future disputes.
Posted by Toni Tsocheva