Some useful info on End of Tenancy Cleaning
The standard end of tenancy agreement places the responsibility of end of tenancy cleaning on the tenant. Many agreements require that the tenant leave the rental unit as good as it was when moving in. There is a moving in report drawn when the tenant is taking up the rental unit. This report is what the landlord uses when inspecting the rental unit at the end of the tenancy. Cleaning the house top to bottom is necessary to pass the landlord’s inspection in order for the tenancy deposit to be refunded.
How is end of tenancy cleaning different from general cleaning?
General cleaning is usually done every two or three weeks in houses with a few people, and once per week in a household with kids. It usually involves cleaning those areas that are most used in the house including the living room, kitchen, bedrooms and bathroom. Some of these chores include:
- Vacuuming the carpet
- Washing the kitchen utensils and floor
- Washing the toilet bowl and bathroom sinks
- Vacuuming the bedroom carpet
- Taking out the trash
End of tenancy cleaning on the other hand involves more thorough and extensive work. The aim is to leave the house as good as it was when moving in. This means going further than the usual general cleaning. Some of these chores would be:
- Steam cleaning the carpet and upholstery
- Removing stains off the floor and walls
- Degreasing and sanitizing the fridge, oven and microwave
- Removing lime scale from the faucets, bathroom tiles and walls
Who does it?
While it is possible to do end of tenancy cleaning by yourself, it is not advisable. This is because the typical household does not have the resources to do the cleaning in a way that would stand up to a keen inspection.
Hiring end of tenancy cleaning services is most advisable. Professional end of tenancy cleaning services have the manpower, cleaning equipment and materials. This means that the cleaning service does this job quickly and in a satisfactory manner.
Can the landlord dispute the job?
The landlord is very much entitled to dispute a poorly done end of tenancy cleaning job. The landlord can demand that the job be repeated before reimbursing the tenancy deposit. Failure to this, the landlord can withhold part of the deposit to use in paying for the job to be done properly.
The only guarantee for proper end of tenancy cleaning is in engaging a professional end of tenancy cleaning service. This way disputes are avoided and the tenant moves out in a cordial manner.