Avoid nasty surprises when your tenants move out
Category: End of Tenancy Cleaning
Most tenants are trustworthy, reliable and responsible, but there are some who see it as acceptable to leave the house in a filthy state. Some might even cause extreme damage, which can prove extremely costly to repair.
Landlords and letting agents are protected in this situation by the deposit, and costs can be deducted from this for cleaning, but the ideal situation for both the landlord and the tenants is for the property to be left clean and the deposit to be returned in full.
There are of course some tasks that the tenants aren't able to complete themselves. Many tenancy agreements state that carpets and ovens must be professionally cleaned upon exiting the property. Some tenants will arrange this themselves, but it's common for either the landlord or the letting agent to arrange this once the property has been returned.
In order to ensure that the property is being kept in a good condition throughout the tenancy, it's advisable to conduct regular inspections of the property. This allows you to keep track of any damages and make sure that your property is being well looked after. Obviously, accidents happen and some damages are unavoidable or just due to wear and tear, but it's good to have an idea of the state that your property is being kept in. Also, inspections often prompt tenants to give the place a thorough clean, which might not have been done otherwise.
When you have the property back, it's common that you'll need to call in professional cleaners. This can be to clean the carpets, the oven and to complete a deep clean of the property. This will ensure that it's in perfect condition for the next tenants, because obviously if they move into a dirty property, they'll be less inclined to hand it back clean.
Posted by Toni Tsocheva