Dealing with end of tenancy cleaning can be tiring and time-consuming for landlords, but necessary.
Whether you decide to clean the rental property yourself or pay a specialist cleaning service, your property needs to be in good condition for your new tenants. Here is a helpful guide to help you carry out a great end of tenancy clean.
Use of tenant’s deposit for an end of tenancy cleaning
A landlord can use his/her tenant’s deposit to cover the cleaning costs incurred during the end of a tenancy, which may include hiring professional cleaning services but only if the property was cleaned to this standard before the current tenant move in. However, before using the tenant’s deposit to deduct the cleaning charges, it is best that after the final inspection of the rental property you inform your tenants and advise them of any issues and concerns and their agreement to any deposit deductions must be given.
Who will do the cleaning?
The decision to clean the property yourself or to hire a specialist cleaning service will depend on how close you live to the property, and how much time you have to perform the tasks. A professional cleaner will definitely save you time and energy, but cleaning the space yourself may be more cost-effective especially if you already have the necessary cleaning supplies and tools.
As a rule of thumb, the tenant has a responsibility to return the property in the same condition as when they moved in, making an exception for wear and tear.
Here’s a list of areas you can focus on and some helpful tips:
- Prepare your equipment. If you will be doing the cleaning yourself, gather the necessary cleaning tools, equipment and supplies, such as cleaning fluids, rags, vacuum, etc. We highly recommend that you use green cleaning products to protect your health and help the environment.
- Clean all the windows inside and out. For exterior windows, you may need to seek the services of a professional window cleaner.
- Check for dirty marks and scuff marks on the walls. If you can’t wash them off, paint the area with some emulsion of the same colour.
- Check for cobwebs in the room corners and clean ceilings with the use of an extendable broom.
- Fixtures and fittings. Make sure your upholstery doesn’t have stains. You can hire a steam cleaning service to wash them. Also, dust and polish sockets and light fittings.
- Carpets/Rugs. Use a steam cleaner to clean carpets and rugs. If you don’t have one, it is relatively affordable to hire a carpet cleaning machine.
- The kitchen can get dirty very easily. Clean the kitchen sink with the use of basic tools, such as non-scratch scourers, a spray bottle and cleaning liquid. Inspect the hob and clean it thoroughly.
- Bathroom – In this room, focus on the bathroom sink, the bathroom tiles, bathtub, and the toilet. If you have a shower, clean the shower head and grout lines.
It is important that the property is clean throughout before the new tenants move in, as this starts the tenancy on a good footing. We strongly recommend that the property is professionally cleaned and, if necessary, the garden made tidy. Under our services, an inventory and schedule of condition will be taken to help us ensure that the tenants meet their obligations.It is also a good idea to keep all invoices to prove that the property was professionally cleaned before the tenant went in.
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