An end of tenancy cleaning is normally done by a third party, a professional cleaner or cleaning company; and its purpose is to ensure that a property is returned to a landlord or holding agent in the required condition. This specifically refers to cleanliness and not to any damage that may or may not have occurred during the occupancy of the tenant in question.
There are one or two things about the nature of an end of tenancy cleaning that require some planning. The first and most important is that as it takes place nominally after the tenancy has ended, it’s necessary to find some way of conducting it without essentially trespassing. Normally, an end of tenancy clean is actually done during the last day or two of tenancy, thereby allowing the tenant to legally invite a cleaning company into the landlord’s property.
It may be the case that some service contracts are coming to an end at the same time as the tenancy. If this is true, it is important for the tenant to ensure that hot water and power remain on while the cleaning is done. If this does not happen, no cleaning company will be able to complete its work properly.
Certain cleaning jobs require, by law, that more than one person be present – more than one qualified person, that is. Normally this is the case where working at heights is concerned. Falls from heights are the number one professional killer in the UK, so most cleaning companies require that a tenant give advance notice if any ladder work will be involved. This ensures that the cleaning company in question can send the right number of qualified staff to the job.
In some cases, parking for the cleaning company may present a problem – particularly in metropolitan locations where high charges may apply. The tenant is almost always responsible for these charges, and for ensuring that the cleaning company is able to park near to his or her apartment or property.
It may help to become aware of the specific end of tenancy cleaning services offered by a particular third party company. Soft furnishings, for instance, may not be covered in a standard end of tenancy clean – which has more to do with cleaning skirting boards and light fixtures than it does with cleaning curtains. As a result, the tenant may really have to book a number of cleaning packages side by side in order to obtain the finish he or she is hoping to get.
It’s important to keep the receipt for an end of tenancy cleaning package – as this can be used to prove that the tenant has exercised his or her due obligation when it comes to returning the property in an acceptable state. If there is any dispute over return of all or p[art of a deposit for reasons of insufficient cleanliness, a tenant may point to this receipt as proof that he or she has taken the necessary steps to fulfil his or her end of the lease contract.
“Sam Duckworth is the owner of a professional cleaning company situated in London. He has written lots of articles and blogs on cleaning services including end of tenancy cleaning.”