Cleaning can help tenants avoid deposit disputes
Category: End of Tenancy Cleaning
However, tenants can avoid a deposit dispute with their landlords by investing in end of tenancy cleaning before they are due to move out of a property.
Statistics from the Tenant Deposit Scheme show that disputes over cleaning account for the majority of arguments over deposits, with these rising by almost 50 per cent over the past five years alone. The organisation's data also shows that cleaning disputes are responsible for 58 per cent of the total cases it deals with each year.
In addition, Property Reporter drew on figures from Imfuna, which reveal an increase in disagreements related to cleanliness when tenancies come to an end, with the most common issues being that ovens and fridges have not been cleaned, carpet stains, dirty bathrooms, and pet hair or animal excrement being present on the floors or furnishings.
Howard Lester, director of the Balgores Property Group, revealed that his organisation has also seen a drop in standards regarding tenants leaving a property clean at the end of their tenancy.
He commented: "We have seen a sharp rise in the number of properties that require professional cleaning services at check-out over the last 12 months.
"Many tenants fail to leave their property in the same condition when they leave a property, and we have seen many properties in a filthy state at the end of the tenancy."
Yet by taking advantage of a professional end of tenancy cleaning service, tenants can rest assured that they will not get into a dispute with their landlord when moving out, meaning they should be able to get the majority - if not all - of their deposit back after their contract has come to an end. What's more, they'll be able to devote more of their time to packing away their belongings and beginning the next chapter in their life in their new home.
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