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End of Tenancy Clean: Your Questions Answered

End of Tenancy Clean: Your Questions Answered
An end of tenancy clean is one of the most vital parts of the cleaning process to prepare a space for a new client to move in, enhancing the reputation of the landlord and increasing the value of the space they are renting. It also makes sure that the place is germ free and safe, allowing new clients to see it as a brand new space and forget it was ever lived in before.
So what exactly is an end of tenancy clean and what makes it so important? Dive on in to discover some of the most pressing questions related to the service and find the best answers to put your mind at ease.

What is an end of tenancy clean?

An end of tenancy cleaning refers to the type of clean required when a tenant moves out of a rented accommodation. This can be undertaken by either the tenant or landlord. This is an important type of cleaning and essential to be undertaken before a new tenant moves in. This is also the leading cause of accommodation deposit disputes between tenants and landlords at the end of their contract. In simple terms, it gives landlords security that the property is spotless and disinfected before new tenants move in. As a tenant, you need to check your rental agreement thoroughly because an end of tenancy clean will most likely be a requirement in order to receive your deposit. We at Total Clean specialise in all aspects of cleaning and can help you with your commercial and or residential end of tenancy clean requirements. We work with many landlords and estate agents delivering this service directly, and know how to meet the expectation set in order for you to collect on your deposit without issue.

What does an end of tenancy clean include?

sofa and cushions An end of tenancy cleaning includes:
  • Cleaning, disinfecting and dusting items such as: front door, skirting boards, walls, ceiling, limescale on tiles and taps.
  • Deep cleaning appliances: oven and hob, microwave, fridge and similar
  • Carpet cleaning: shampooing and deep cleaning carpet throughout the house
  • Cleaning or washing blinds and curtains:
  • Cleaning and disinfecting furniture items: cupboards, bookcases, shelves, bed frames and more
  • Thorough vacuum and mop: pull out all furniture and large appliances to remove all dust, debris and stains.
  • Deep clean kitchen and bathroom: sanitation of these rooms is crucial due to the high risk of infection.
  • Clean windows: Clean windows inside and out, ensuring they are shiny and smear free.

Can landlords charge a cleaning fee?

Cleaning costs are the most common deductions from property deposits. Most likely stated in the tenancy contract, the property should be returned in the same condition it has been let. For example, an item can be worn and aged, but it is still expected to be returned cleaned. As a tenant, if you have been cleaning the property before moving out thoroughly, then the landlord should not be expecting to pay the full charges of a professional service. The cost for a professional tenancy clean depends on the size of the property and if it’s required any upholstery or carpet cleaning. As an example, for a 2 bedroom flat in London, a contract cleaning company might charge £180 + VAT if carpet cleaning is not required.

Do I have to pay for professional cleaning at the end of my tenancy?

stairs-home-loft-lifestyle-2459 As a tenant, there is no reason why you cannot undertake the cleaning duties. You are eligible to carry on your own house cleaning, however, you might hit a wall when it comes to carpet and upholstery cleaning. Before you go ahead and start a thorough clean, you should check the tenancy agreement and see what you are contractually obliged to deliver. There are cases where carpets, upholstery or even curtains are required to be professionally cleaned at the end of your tenancy. There are also cases where your landlord or estate agent requires to see a cleaning receipt from a professional cleaning company to ensure that standards have been met.

What Parts of an End of Tenancy Clean Have to be Done by Professionals?

Even if you are looking to do most of the end of tenancy clean by yourself, there are areas that require professional cleaning to make sure the process is as thorough and complete as possible.
Upholstery cleaning is just one of the aspects which have to be carried out by professional cleaners, along with carpet steam cleaning and even the proper care of any curtains in the vicinity - though of course, you may simply have invested in blinds.
This is because the depth of cleaning you would invest in may not meet the rigorous demands necessary to make sure everything is completely disinfected and ready for another tenant.
For example, you may only vacuum a carpet, whereas a professional carpet cleaning service will steam clean it and maybe even give shampoo to free up the fibers and restore new life and vibrancy. After all, carpet fibers are a great place for germs to build up and it's important the floor is cleaned to the same standard as everything else.
There are also cases where your landlord or estate agent requires to see a cleaning receipt from a professional cleaning company to ensure that standards have been met.
Overall, end of tenancy cleaning services are a vital part of making a building suitable for the next tenant to move in and it is such an important process that it is found in the contracts given to you by your landlord.
Get started on your end of tenancy clean with these tips and if you have any other questions about the process, don't hesitate to get in touch.
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