The importance of end-of-tenancy cleaning for social tenants

May 1st, 2015 Category: Local Authority & Housing

Local authorities and housing associations will very often put in place fairly strict rules and protocols on their tenants to ensure that their properties remain clean and safe.

If you are a social housing tenant that is moving from one property to the next then it is important to ensure that you maintain the cleanliness of your home throughout your tenancy – but especially afterwards.

Many landlords will often fine tenants or withhold a deposit if they believe that the property has not been well maintained.

For this reason, it is essential that tenants regularly keep on top of their cleaning. 

The last thing you want to do is leave it all until the day you leave – as this will invariably mean that certain things will be missed, or there are things you will have overlooked.

For example, there may be some breakages or structural problems in the home that do not come to light until a property is thoroughly inspected.

In order to determine whether it is the result of something you are doing, or a problem with the house itself, it is first necessary to be familiar with the condition of your home.

Many social housing landlords will often draw up an inventory at the beginning of the tenancy which both parties must sign.

If you have not been given one, it may be worth bringing this up with your landlord – preferably at the start of the tenancy.

Any problems that you come across thereafter should be flagged up to your landlord as soon as they are noticed.

The inventory will cover things such as the cleanliness of a home, the contents within it, and the condition of said items.

It is an extremely important document that should be filed away for safekeeping – in case a dispute arises later on – and means that if any problems do arise at the end of a tenancy, it can be dealt with quickly and easily.

When you come to the end of your tenancy agreement, you should ensure that not only is the house tidied properly, but that any fixtures and fittings within the home are cleaned thoroughly.

In addition, you should pay particular attention to the areas that are often overlooked and forgotten about by many renters when vacating a property – such as the skirting boards, walls and behind appliances such as the fridge and dishwasher.

Sometimes a social housing landlord will require tenants to remove any carpets or electrical equipment that did not come with the house, so ideally you want to get this sorted at least a day or two before you leave a property.
Of course, it goes without saying that any existing carpets, flooring or rugs should be thoroughly cleaned and washed before you go.

Don’t forget to clear out all cupboard spaces, attics or lofts within your house and to wipe down any windows or mirrors.

While most of this may seem like common sense, you would be surprised at the number of people that do not heed this advice.

Remember to empty the rubbish bins when you go – and dispose of any waste that may be in inside and outside of the property.

Furniture should also be placed in the same position as it was in when you found it.

Ultimately, if you want to significantly reduce the likelihood of getting into any disputes with your housing provider, you should get the property professionally cleaned. Even the most diligent tenant can risk losing their deposits if there are little bits that they have overlooked. 

On the other hand, professional cleaners have the knowledge and experience to clean a property according to industry standards with the utmost efficiency.