Landlords: 5 Things To Check When Changing Tenants
The upheaval of current tenants and the moving in of new ones can be a hectic and complicated process for landlords. When you are going through this procedure, be sure to check these main five elements to ensure all affairs are in order, end of tenancy cleaning is up to scratch and those moving in are happy and content with the property.
- Items Left Behind
It can be difficult, especially when renting out a furnished property to know which things belong in the house and which may have been left behind by its previous inhabitants. Check for stray socks under beds and at the back of drawers that need to be thrown away and ensure anything of value is returned to your previous tenants. Make certain that at the beginning of each tenancy contract, an accurate and up to date inventory list is taken that can be referred back to for an easy and streamlined process. Make a note of items in each room to check that nothing belonging to you is removed and everything is in order.
- Broken Items
In between tenants, a landlord should methodically go round each room in the property and check that everything has been left in a similar state as upon arrival. Check things such as bed frames, drawers, light fixtures and other appliances. A new tenant will expect everything to be in good working order, so checking everything is operative can save you a lot of time and hassle in the future.
It is important when changing tenants to ensure the property has been left in an acceptable state by one whilst being fit for inhabiting by the next. Check for stains on the carpets and for dirt and grime, especially in the bathroom and kitchen. Working from an inventory and cleaning checklist will make the process of end of tenancy cleaning a lot easier. It is often advisable that no matter how tidy a property initially seems, to hire a professional cleaning service that work by the guidelines and proper industry standards. They comply to all rented accommodation checklists to ensure a thorough and deep end of tenancy cleaning job your new tenants will be delighted with.
Before moving a new tenant into your property, it is imperative that every fitting and appliance in the house is checked. Go through taps, sinks, ovens and microwaves to check they are working well and are most importantly, clean. Appliances such as ovens and showers can have a much larger and more stubborn build-up of dirt and bacteria that tenants may not have covered thoroughly, so pay extra care and attention to these.
It may sound obvious but check your checklists! If a property looks in relatively good shape it is easy to overlook the details, but it is these small things that could be problematic later in the tenancy. Ensure you have a thorough checklist for end of tenancy cleaning and inventory, which should be methodically gone through in between the changing of all tenants to ensure all industry guidelines and standards are properly adhered to, to maintain your reputation and credibility as a landlord.
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Here at Onyx Cleaning Services Limited we conduct pre and end of tenancy cleaning services in a thorough and professional manner, working towards all checklists with a dedicated on site supervisor. Our services are efficient and can be hired at incredibly short notice. If you would like to find out more, or book a cleaning team today, call us on 0207 732 2693 or use our contact form.
Areas We Cover
Onyx Cleaning Services Limited is here to help make all end of tenancy cleaning processes run as smoothly and efficiently as possible across the whole of South East London and surrounding areas. Places we service include New Cross, Brockley, Dulwich, Greenwich, Blackheath, Bermondsey, Peckham and Forest Hill.