Wondering what’s expected of you in terms of cleaning at the end of tenancy? Here’s the lowdown on everything you need to know.
As a tenant, it is your obligation to return the suite, apartment, or other domicile to the owner in the exact same conditions it was in when you were handed the keys . This means that the carpets, hardwood, linoleum, or any other flooring should be in the exact same state they were in when you fist moved in. As for the walls, these should also be in the same state they were in when you leave as they were in when you leave as they were when you came.
Nothing that we’ve said so far is anything more than common sense. Also, you want to makes sure that you do a thorough cleaning of all the surfaces before handing your place back to the landlord—if the place is sparkling, you’re more likely to get your damage deposit back.
Are there some typical points of contention regarding who’s responsible for what at the end of tenancy? There most certainly are, so let’s take a look at those right now.
Lights and Appliances
Want to know what one of the most common arguments between a landlord and a tenant is upon the end of tenancy? It’s the dispute over who is going to pay to replace or repair water heaters, washing machines, thermostats, and other appliances that have fallen into disrepair. In fact, the laws just about everywhere state unequivocally that the landlord is in fact the party responsible to maintain the proper functioning of the installations which supply water, gas, and heat. This is why it’s always important over the course of your tenancy to get in contact with your landlord at the first sign of malfunction of any of your appliances.
Stairs, Drains, and Gutters
Another frequent source of end of tenancy conflict is deciding who is responsible for cleaning the stairs, drains, or gutters. The laws for this vary from area to area, and usually depend on the length of the tenancy. If you’re vacating a rental property after having lived there for many years, this clean up and maintenance is likely your responsibility. At any rate, find out what the tenancy law in your area actually says about this.
If you’re just moving into a space, it’s always a good idea at the start of a tenancy to do a walk-through with the landlord and take photographs of the place (before you move your furniture in) to establish a point of reference. You also want to ask the landlord about the appliances—how old they are, when they were last serviced, etc…