Cleanliness main reason for security deposit disputes
The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks has highlighted increasing security deposit disputes due to the unacceptable condition in which many tenants vacate properties at the end of their tenancies.
The main disputes centre on the standard of cleanliness, with professional cleaning services often required to sanitise bathrooms and kitchens which haven’t been cleaned in months, and even to remove such unsavoury contaminants as excrement. While the general expectation is that a tenant should leave a property in the same state as when they moved in, landlords and agents would be well advised to make it explicitly clear what standard is required. Fair wear and tear doesn’t stretch to include any sort of stains or marks on furnishings or carpets, and it certainly doesn’t cover many of the downright filthy complaints which agents are attributing to unacceptable hygiene and basic lack of respect by some tenants.
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