Whenever your tenants move out of your rental property, you should expect the property to be as clean as it was when the tenancy began. This is because tenants have the responsibility to keep the property clean during their stay.
At MN Property Nerds, we recommend you perform an end-of-tenancy cleaning before your tenants move out. This is a deep cleaning of the rental unit a few days before the scheduled move-out.
When performing a deep end-of-tenancy cleaning, tenants should also consider cleaning the furniture and appliances provided by the landlords. If the tenants made any alterations to the physical appearance of the rental unit, they should make sure to revert these alterations back to their original state.
In general, landlords expect the property to be as clean as it was before the beginning of the tenancy. Typically, landlords use the list of inventories made when the tenant moved in as a reference to determine the level of cleanliness required.
Ideally, the inventory should include photographs and a written explanation of the condition of the property when it was turned over to tenants.
The term normal wear and tear refers to the depreciation of a property’s physical condition due to the normal use of the rental unit.
The damage caused by normal wear and tear usually happens gradually and is due to the usual day-to-day use, including external factors like changes in weather. This is in contrast to maintenance where a fixture or appliance is damaged.
“Wear and tear” are inevitable and it’s expected if you rent out your rental home. Damages due to normal wear and tear are typically covered by the landlord and should not be charged to the tenants. But any damage that is caused by a tenant’s neglect or abuse should be charged to their security deposit.
The level of cleanliness will differ from one property to another. To ensure that the property is as clean as expected, tenants should have a checklist as a point of reference. The following is an example of such a checklist:
Under the Tenant Fees Act 2019, landlords are prohibited from requiring tenants to pay for professional cleaning when they move out at the end of the tenancy. In the past, landlords used to include a clause in the rental agreement requiring tenants to organize or pay for a professional cleaning upon the end of the lease term.
But with this law, landlords can no longer do this. Cleaning fees are also usually not allowed to be deducted from a security deposit unless proven that the tenants did not perform their duties to keep the rental unit at a certain level of cleanliness.
It is important that your property be cleaned at the end of your tenancy. If you have any questions about this or any other aspect of property management, don’t hesitate to contact us at MN Property Nerds.
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