Whether you’re a student who’s looking forward to moving home for the summer or a tenant that is heading off to pastures new, it’s well worth consulting your tenancy agreement before you leave.
Nowadays, landlords are keen to ensure that their property is ready to let out immediately after a tenant leaves. This means that the house or flat needs to be in the same condition as when they first moved in, with any repairs and cleaning carried out by the occupier. To ensure that this happens, most landlords will request that tenants pay a security deposit and sign a legally binding contract.
Within this contract there is likely to be a range of terms and conditions for you to abide by, some of which may be related to the cleanliness of particular appliances and furnishings. For instance, some will request that all curtains and carpets are professionally cleaned, particularly if you have children or animals living in the property. This isn’t a way of punishing tenants, it’s just to guarantee that everything is in a liveable condition for future inhabitants.
This may also extend to other areas of the home too, including the oven. Regardless of how long you’ve been in a property, there’s a good chance the oven has been used a fair few times. Every time you cook food, grease and spillages can build and filters can become blocked. This has a knock-on effect on the functionality of the appliance, taking more time to bring it up to temperature and possibly even emitting unpleasant smells or smoke.
Whilst some are happy to allow tenants to clean it themselves, others will want a receipt from an oven cleaning service to prove that the work has been done fully. As mentioned, a lot of the mess within an over, just as with carpets and furnishings, isn’t necessarily only on the surface. Whilst you can wipe down the inside and remove most of the grime, there is still a chance that some spillages and dirt could remain or that the filters won’t get touched.
A DIY job could also result in expensive damage, which has to be considered. Removing the enamel or damaging any of the working parts of an oven could have a long-term impact and may even require a replacement. If you use a professional cleaning service, any damage will be covered by their insurance and can be dealt with swiftly. Essentially, it is your ticket to avoiding any repercussions.
Failing to comply with any of the terms stipulated within the contract may result in the loss of a portion of your deposit. This can take some tenants by surprise, particularly if they were banking on receiving it back in full. So whilst some landlords offer relaxed contracts and are happy to accept certain wear and tear, it’s always worth looking at your agreement before you plan to move out – particularly if you would like to avoid an unpleasant surprise.