The Dispute Service tenancy deposit scheme (or TDS – the scheme under which your deposit is held) says:
‘We look for evidence that the property was less clean at the end of the tenancy than the start’.
You should bear this in mind when cleaning up prior to leaving the property. This is the reason why we take pictures at the start and the end of each tenancy to act as evidence of the condition at the Check In and the Check Out stages. If you or the landlord raises a dispute about cleaning in relation to your deposit, the TDS will look at the photo evidence, along with the written inventory of items and their condition.
It’s important to remember that you won’t be charged for what is considered ‘fair wear and tear’. So you won’t be asked to pay to clean something that is clearly discoloured due to age, like an old baking tin, for example – unless it is actually dirty, of course.
At Julie Twist Properties, we have set Check In and Check Out forms that we use to ensure that every property is treated in the same way when it comes to cleanliness. When you move out, you will be provided with a checklist that tells you about the items we expect to be clean on exit. Some of the items you may not think about are as follows:
The reality of it is that you may still be asked to pay for some cleaning from your deposit, even if you think you have done a good job yourself. This is because a ‘good job’ by your standards just might not be up to the professional standard we are looking for – after all, if the property is not clean enough for the next tenant to move straight in, then someone is going to have to put that right. As a tenant, cleanliness is your responsibility and it is not unusual for a property that has been lived in for six months, twelve months or even longer to need a professional touch when it comes to carpets, ovens, grouting and other problem areas.
that if we do have to clean the property professionally, there is no one, flat fee for cleaning; the cost will depend on the amount of hours the job takes. This means that even if you have resigned yourself to paying for cleaning from your deposit, you should do your best to leave the property in as good a condition as you can – otherwise, you could end up paying for far more than a 2 hour basic clean – and a whole day’s worth of cleaning is costly! The bottom line is: leave the property as you would expect to find it, and don’t be surprised if there are still some areas that need industrial cleaning treatment.