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Here are some useful tips when doing an end of tenancy clean yourself

Having a cleaning checklist to ensure your property is in a good condition is important for both landlords and tenants.

End of tenancy cleaning is the single biggest cause of deposit deductions, as indentified by the statistics released this week by The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS).

When a tenant moves out of their rental property, they are required to leave it in the same condition that they moved into it in. This means that it must be cleaned to a professional standard.


But while it is strongly advised that you use a professional cleaning company, some landlords do prefer to do the end of tenancy cleaning themselves.

Alexandra Coghlan-Forbes, head of adjudication at The DPS, offers her ‘top five’ cleaning tasks that landlords must undertake after tenants leave the property based on a decade of adjudication.

Top five most common cleaning tasks at end of tenancy:

1. Ovens – Coghlan-Forbes says that she is “always amazed” at how many tenants have lived in a property for maybe a year or so but say they have “never” used the ovens.

2. Extractors – not cleaning or replacing filters is a very common issue.

3. Toilets – some of the images Coghlan-Forbes has seen “could turn your stomach!”

4. Kitchen sinks – it’s usually the sort of dirt and discolouration that builds up over time (food stains, water marks etc) if not cleaned regularly, especially with light coloured sinks. 

5. Skirting boards and light switches – these just often seem to get overlooked, according to head of adjudication at The DPS.

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Poll: Do you prefer to do the end of tenancy cleaning yourself?


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    We hand our tenants a cleaning check list on our initial visit after they have put there notice in, we also carry out an inspection at this point and inform them of any issues we see at this time, we tell them we will carry out a final inspection on move out day and if they have not followed the cleaning check list a deduction from the bond will be discussed at this point.

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    What an absolute joke coming from the DPS.
    We do regular 3 monthly Inspections and each complete a 1 sheet report, ie kitchen dirty or kitchen clean and ok. Toilet not fit for use advice tenant (s) to put bleach down. Send note, calling back again in a weeks time and expect to see an improvement etc etc.
    They will have been given an Inventory on Move In which they sign for and are given a week to return with comments etc etc.
    When we recieve Notice we write confirming what we expect to see for our No Charge Check Out.
    On Check Out with or without tenant present dated photos are taken, good or bad. If all ok Full Deposit returned Immediatly.
    If not we discuss why we need to deduct and if not happy tenant can take to dispute.
    This is when DPS get involved, based on all our proven Facts and invoices and receipts and photos and witness statement, they always take the side of the tenant, Oven filthy, toilet disgusting, mattress stained with blood and seman, Mattress covers not washed or replaced,holes in walls, mould on ceiling and walls, black grout . Blue tac on walls. All photographed and compared with Inventory. Claim say £600, DPS agree £200!!!!!!!!.
    Moral dont take a deposit. Take extra months rents and state reason why taken and what it could be used for on Check Out, stating Cleaning, Repairs, Replace etc, if future tenant does not agree the he she will not be our tenant.

    Michael Lee

    Any extra rent taken and not used for a rental period ie taking the equivalent of 7 months rent for a 6 month period, is determinable under the legislation as a deposit! You therefore risk the fines of said deemed deposit value x3 to the tenant and loss of section 21 powers!!! Risky approach you have there but they are your properties. I too am dismayed at some of the deposit scheme adjudications I have had to endure over the years. Try to keep them out of the equation if ever possible!

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    I like, but not sure this is legal nowadays?


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