Do Tenants Need to Have a Property Professionally Cleaned Before Moving Out

By on 15th March 2012 (updated: 10th March 2020) in Landlords and Tenants

If you’re a tenant, then there’s a good chance that you will have signed an agreement with your landlord covering a wide range of things, from legal requirements to common courtesies. Foremost of these is likely to be the general maintenance of the home and the state in which it is presented back to the owner, when your tenancy agreement ends. A good number of landlords now stipulate that carpets, appliances, and even soft furnishings need to be professionally cleaned before a tenant moves out, with a portion of the deposit forfeited for any jobs left undone.

The issue with choosing a professional company to carry out the work is that it will cost you money to do so. For some people, this additional outgoing is too much to swallow, meaning that they either leave it or attempt to do the work themselves. This is fine, as long as your landlord doesn’t require receipts for the work completed or isn’t prepared to do a comprehensive check themselves. However, more often than not, this will end up costing you a lot more when the money is deducted from your deposit.

So what is the solution?

The easiest way to ensure that you don’t encounter any issues when handing back the keys to the property is to simply do what the landlord has requested and bring in carpet cleaners or hire an oven valeting company. If you do this yourself, then you have the opportunity to pick and choose the companies that you use and the amount you spend. Whilst this is a bit of a hassle, it is also part and parcel of renting properties.

As the tenant you are responsible for the upkeep of the building, often including bills and general maintenance, and it is your job to ensure that this is properly managed. Failure on your part could lead to breaking the terms of your contract, which could lead to you being evicted or, as mentioned previously, losing your deposit when you come to move out.

In the most part, landlords are fairly understanding when it comes to general wear and tear. All that they will ask is that the property is left in the same state as when you inherited it. This is why most will ask you to carry out a detailed inventory checklist when you move in. It is at this point that you can highlight any issues, including stains on the carpet or a dirty oven, which effectively admonishes you of any blame when you come to move out.

For instance, getting your oven cleaned might not appear to be the biggest priority, but it would be extremely foolhardy to assume that your landlord won’t check or care that it hasn’t been cleaned properly. They will be even less impressed if you attempt to remove the grease and grime yourself and end up damaging the appliance. Ovens are expensive to replace and one false move could result in a very costly mistake. Equally using the wrong solvents could discolour the enamel, or strip it right off – adding extra risk.

This is where hiring a professional oven cleaning company can be a very good investment indeed. At Ovenu, all of our technicians are highly trained and their work is insured, plus we only use safe chemicals. Therefore, you will have a spotless oven to present to your landlord and won’t need to worry about losing some of your deposit. This same principle can of course be applied to all rooms of the home, ensuring that you won’t have any headaches when the time comes to leave the property.

Rik Hellewell is the Founder & Managing Director of Ovenu and a member of the Approved Franchise Association. He established Ovenu in 1993, cleaning 4,000 ovens and proving his concept over five years before starting the franchise business. Since then he has helped over 200 franchisees achieve their dreams of running successful businesses of their own. Established for over 25 years, the Ovenu concept has proven successful across the UK, New Zealand, Australia and the USA.