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Do landlord have to clean in between tenants is a question searched in high frequency over the internet. Landlords stay curious about it as well. To us, the question is more of an ethical one than a legal one.
Besides legal or ethical debate, a clean apartment is what anyone would expect when they first enter into an apartment. Hygiene is in our nature and we cannot compromise over it.
So, if the landlord invites a potential tenant to visit a property, there is no way that the property is not cleaned before the visit. Or else there is the least chance that anyone would think of staying in a messy place.
Therefore, as a general rule, when the property is handed over to a new tenant, it must be cleaned and maintained well.
Well, the tenant must do a thorough cleaning before leaving the apartment and shall return the property in the condition in which he/she received it in the first place. If we have to draw a line somewhere, then it has to be that the tenant shall leave the property in good condition but it is the landlord’s responsibility to make sure the apartment is properly cleaned and is good for living.
Because a new tenant is not responsible for the actions of the previous tenant and if for some reason, the previous tenant left the property in poor condition, then the landlord must rise to the occasion and shall get that cleaning done for the new tenant. Though the in-between period remains busy for the landlord but keeping property cleaned is not something to be compromised over.
Let us explore what the landlord has to clean in between tenants and what must be included in it.
The landlord is Responsible for the following:
Having said it all, it is not a free passage for tenants. Tenants have to shoulder responsibilities and are liable to perform them. Maintaining good hygiene is not an optional thing. Tenants must keep the house clean while living so it would not require a big cleaning operation once they leave. Along with daily cleaning, the tenant must dispose of garbage properly.
Since the property remains in the hands of tenants once they ink down a lease agreement, it becomes their responsibility. They are always considered responsible if any damage is inflicted on the property by them. Therefore tenants must keep good care of the property. In case of any damage incurred upon property, intentionally or unintentionally, tenants must get that repaired.
To make the whole debate simple and comprehensive, we must rest the responsibility somewhere and to us, it rests with the landlord. The landlord is obliged to examine the house and inspect it cautiously when the current tenant is leaving. If something needs to be done, get it done before the expiry of the lease, or else deduct the repairing expenses from the security deposit that the tenant had submitted to you.
If for some reason, the landlord failed to do that and the house is found with functional or structural issues or with a poor hygienic environment, the landlord is supposed to own and resolve the issues.
Now you have the complete picture of the question under discussion.
To be honest, we shall all own and perform our responsibilities with positive intentions.