When it comes to end of tenancy cleaning, I’m sure you’ve heard enough about guaranteed deposit return and inventory check out.

If you’re looking for some guidance on what it’s all about, and if you even need to do it, then you’ll love this infographic.


Guide to End of tenancy cleaning

What is it?

End of tenancy cleaning refers to the specialist deep cleaning of your rented flat or house before the new tenants move in. It’s also called move out cleaning, tenancy cleaning and just deep cleaning.

Do I need it?

Essentially whether or not you will need to carry out end of tenancy cleaning will depend largely on your tenancy agreement.

Most modern tenancy agreements state that you need to have your rented flat or house professionally cleaned before you move you. (Your agent or landlord will be able to help you with this if you are unsure)

Would you want to move into a dirty flat?

Deposit protection scheme mydeposits.co.uk has cited general or professional cleaning as one of the leading reasons for deposit dispute between landlords and tenants.

What’s included?

Just getting a cleaning company to carry out a clean won’t cut it.

It needs to be a professional deep clean that adheres to the inventory clerks strict cleaning checklists. Even if you haven’t got an inventory check in the landlord or agent may have their own cleaning lists.

To give you an idea we use a 300 point end of tenancy cleaning checklist for our end of tenancy cleaning service and we have worked with landlords and inventory clerks to fine tune the list and make sure it covers everything.

How much does it cost?

We get asked this question a lot. It really varies depending on the size of the property and if you need carpets cleaning. Lots of companies offer cheap cleaning and you may end up paying more in the long run if it’s not done right first time around. Read our article on how much does end of tenancy cleaning cost.

Do it myself?

I would advise against it.

We use specialist professional grade chemicals and equipment for the cleaning and it can take up to half a day for a proper deep clean.

Most of the time your landlord or agent will require a receipt from a cleaning company.