Essential tips to help prevent a claim on your deposit
It's understandable that as you plan to move on to your next home you could forget to stay focused on the property you're leaving! But we strongly urge you to fulfill your obligations in accordance with your Tenancy Agreement otherwise the end of your tenancy could turn sour.
We aim to return all deposits if possible, as that keeps you happy (but it also means less work for us). But sadly tenants occasionally don't pay enough attention to the property they are vacating and are then upset when the landlord claims costs that could so easily have been avoided. The delays with disputes can be lengthy, and the work it causes us can mean weeks/months of delays.
Professionally Clean cookers & Carpets etc:
Your Agreement is likely to include terms that require you to have the cooker/hob, extractor and carpets 'PROFESSIONALLY' cleaned (and by an easilett approved contractor) so if you hire a Rug Doctor then this will not be acceptable. Also it is likely that you need to return any decor to neutral. So we urge you to please be fully aware of your obligations and help us to help you have a trouble free end of tenancy. Read the 'Ending Your Tenancy' notice that was emailed to you, as that should help explain your responsibilities, but do contact us if you need further advice.
Download the free checklist which aims help with trouble-free checkouts and return of your deposit.
It is essential that you use an easilett approved cleaning contractor, as that forms part of the Agreement terms. These contractors know the standard they need to provide.
Don't risk a claim against your deposit
To minimise any risk of a claim against your deposit it is vital to return the property in good, clean condition. The property will be checked against the thorough independent inventory created when you checked in, so if you take time to ensure it is returned in the same condition all should be fine. If you fail to do this you could risk claims on your deposit, and/or long delays.
If you have inserted nails or screws into the walls during your tenancy, or walls have developed marks, then you should touch up or paint the walls where necessary, ensuring it is the same colour as agreed with the Landlord. If you don`t know the paint colour then please ask us or your landlord.
The entire property should be cleared of ALL your items and thoroughly cleaned. The cooker, hob and extractor should be 'professionally' cleaned (by an easilett approved contractor) immediately prior to your vacation, especially if they were 'professionally' cleaned before your tenancy. You will be expected to provide a receipt when you vacate, just as the previous occupant did before your tenancy. Please note that Oven Pride self cleaning will not be sufficient.
Carpets should also be cleaned professionally (especially if they were professionally cleaned before your tenancy). You will be expected to return them in the same condition.
The full monty - it really is worth the effort
Be sure to pay attention to the detail. Any marks made during your tenancy should be treated, removed &/or redecorated. Any damage should be repaired, windows, skirting boards, doors, cupboards, sinks and bath etc. should be cleaned and the garden should be left neat. The lawn (where relevant) must be cut and bins emptied and the loft and garage must be cleared of all items and left clean.
Commonly missed areas consist of:
Don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to know who we use for oven/carpet cleaning.
The last day - Check out
Either a member of easilett, or the independent inventory clerk, will meet you for your checkout appointment. This is when your inventory will be checked and any discrepancies or variations will be compared to the condition described when your tenancy commenced, this especially includes cleanliness.
During the check out we will:
Providing the property is handed over in good and clean condition then there is no reason why deductions should be claimed against your deposit, and the process for return should begin shortly after you vacate.
Protect your identity:
Just a final tip. Tenants have been known to steal the identity of previous occupants by opening their mail. We urge you to set up a mail forwarding service with the Post Office to help prevent this from happening to you.
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