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Cleaning Clauses

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Case studies from DPS (Deposit Protection Scheme) show that the highest percentage of disputes submitted to them were on the level of cleanliness at the end of the tenancy.By ensuring that a comprehensive inventory, check in report and check out report is conducted by a professional independent inventory company such as Inventory Clerk Solutions at the beginning and at the end of the tenancy, this percentage can be reduced dramatically and make any disagreements easier to iron out.

Cleaning Clause

The level of cleanliness can change from one persons opinion to another. A way in which to illuminate the uncertainties that can surround this area, would be to have a “cleaning clause” added to the tenancy agreement which is agreed by both the landlord and the tenant from the outset.

How does this work?

If a “cleaning clause” is added, it means that the landlord must have the property professionally cleaned before the start of the tenancy.


A professional cleaning company will be instructed normally by the agent on behalf of the landlord to clean the property (carpets and curtains are optional) and a receipt/invoice will be produced. This is paid for by the Landlord.

The “cleaning clause” will then state that at the end of the occupancy for the tenant to pay to have a professional clean on vacating. We would also suggest to use the same cleaning company to carry out this task.

Landlords should note this will not always be suggested by the letting agent , so it is worth requesting to avoid any debate after the tenancy ends.

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