Unclean tenants are a landlord’s worst nightmare. Uncleanliness can damage your property and bring down the value and it also causes you more unnecessary work. Tim Manning helps us identify how to deal with dirty tenants.
The best way to avoid cleaning up after a dirty tenant leaves your property is to avoid leasing them your property in the first place. It sounds simple but it’s not as easy as it sounds. People are always on their best behaviour when applying to rent a property. A couple ways to see through this and prevent it is to ensure you receive a legitimate reference form a previous landlord. Also look out for signs when meeting them, their appearance may be convincing but, like I mentioned earlier, people are always on their best behaviour for that first impression. A good tip is to check out their car. A person’s car can be a good indicator of how clean they are. A tidy car interior will show that they like to keep their space clean so hopefully they’d treat your house the same.
And in case your instinct/detective work doesn’t work out then making sure you have certain things stated in the lease which forces them to stay on top of cleanliness. And if they don’t clean when they leave, you can take the cost of getting your property cleaned out of their bonds so you’re not left having to pay for their habits.
To avoid having to deduct form their bond to cover cleaning expenses or to avoid dealing with an unclean situation to begin with make sure you’re backed up with clauses in your lease that state exactly how your tenant needs to uphold the standards of your property. Whether it’s recommending a professional cleaner once a week, or having monthly check ups, or it’s just trusted to them entirely. It’s also important to state what the consequences would be, if it resulted in you being able to terminate their lease or they need to pay to have it cleaned etc. You’d be surprised how encouraging it can be if the cost of not maintaining property standards is high enough.