You’ve probably heard about a mandatory cleaning that must take place before you leave your rented property.
Of course, you may feel up to the task of scrubbing the place yourself, but getting your property professionally cleaned is usually the safest option if you want to get your bond back from your landlord.
In this article, you’ll learn exactly what’s included in an end of lease clean.
There is nothing in the NSW tenancy act which says that a professional must be hired to do the cleaning when you vacate a property. Many people try to do their own move out cleaning, however, hiring a professional is not only more convenient, but may also protect you legally if the agent decides to take you to the tribunal.
If you vacate a rental property and the cleaning isn’t up to scratch, your bond may be jeopardised.
If you can’t find a professional in your area, talk to your real estate agent.
Many agents cultivate relationships with local janitorial companies, and they may be able to provide discounted or customised services.
This will depend on the condition of the property. But on average, it takes 3hrs for a studio, 6hrs for a 2 bedroom apartment and 10hrs for a house. Properties which require extras such as walls washing, deep oven cleaning, steam carpet cleaning etc will take longer.
Under certain circumstances, landlords can deduct cleaning costs from the tenancy deposit. While the definition of “clean” can be subjective, it is the most common reason for a rental bond deduction.
The NSW Tenancy Act prohibits landlords and real estate agents from including a clause in a lease that requires you to have the carpets professionally cleaned.
The only exception would be if you agreed to a steam cleaning as a condition of allowing pets on the property.
The average cost for end of lease cleaning for an apartment ranges from $230 to $480. Prices can vary depending on the condition of the living space and will be significantly reduced if the property does not require a deep cleaning. Consequently, the cost could turn out to be much more if the property is in poor condition.
End of lease cleaning for free-standing homes usually cost 30% more than an apartment.