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Is it proper protocol to give an apartment a thorough cleaning when moving out?

Asked by Jude (32101points) November 18th, 2009

I’m talking about washing down the inside of the fridge, cleaning the burners and wiping down the inside of the cupboards/drawers.

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dpworkin's avatar

I would do only what was necessary to retrieve my security deposit.

rangerr's avatar

Depends. Was your landlord a jerk? If so, leave it.

Austinlad's avatar

Depending on the terms of your lease, I believe only a cursory cleaning is necessay (and right). A reputable landlord will have a thorough cleaning done after you vacate.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

Absolutely. Always leave a place cleaner than it was when you moved in. When we sold our house in Texas, I scrubbed & vacuumed everything in sight. I even took the stove apart. I’d say clean it as thoroughly as you can. It reflects on you.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Actually, you must clean the apartment says the apartment manager

markyy's avatar

I don’t really know about proper protocol, all I know is make sure your deposit is not at risk. Besides, when I move in I’m sure as hell going to clean thoroughly, so for me it wouldn’t matter. People will bitch and moan about the previous tenants anyway, this way you know what they’re moaning about.

Jude's avatar

Then clean, I shall. :)

LC_Beta's avatar

Yes, I would even go so far as to steam-clean the carpets and wipe down the walls when you get all your stuff out. It’s curtious and may help you get your deposit back. Also, you may need to use your current landlord as a reference in the future, and you should leave him/her with a good impression.

Judi's avatar

It depends on the state you live in. If you are in a state where they can charge a “cleaning fee,” then you are probably OK if you leave it reasonably clean and don’t leave any garbage in the apartment.
If you rented from me, you would have signed the move-out policies when you moved in and would know exactly what is expected. In a nut shell, it needs to be as clean as you received it.
Places often missed,
Window and shower door tracks, cobwebs, behind the stove and refrigerator, the top of the shower door, switch plate and electrical covers, mini blinds, windows, range hood…....
If you live there more than a year you won’t have to pay for carpet cleaning (unless there are stains or pet odors) and painting is pro-rated over 3 years.
These are incorporated into MY policies, but others may have a different policy. So far, the only time I ever lost in court was when I had to paint 4 coats, and replace carpets for cigarette smells and the person lived there more than 4 years. I didn’t have a “no smoking” policy so I lost. My policy now states, “Resident is responsible for ALL smoke related damage, regardless of length of tenancy. ”

Jude's avatar

He (the landlord) is a great guy. And, he’s said to me a few times “Feel free to use me as a reference if needed, I will definitely give you a good one.”

I’ll give ‘er a good cleaning.

Jude's avatar

taken moments ago

Playing some big band music while I’m cleaning.

Likeradar's avatar

Yes. I actually have a cleaning crew at my old apartment as we speak—-or as I type…—Every apartment I’ve ever lived in will not give the whole deposit back if the apartment isn’t in the same condition as it was when the renter moved in.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@jmah it won’t play 4 me…but thanks for sharing!

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

Yes, when I rented then it pretty much gained the favor of the landlords to guarantee the return of my deposits even if there were some little damages and I felt better too making the effort to try and leave the place as close to the condition as when I moved in.

casheroo's avatar

Read your lease. I remember when I signed my old lease that it specifically stated any cleaning the landlord needs to have done, will be a charge of $100 to me. I questioned her, and she said it was because of how terrible one of her rental places was once left, so it was in case they needed a cleaning crew.
Well, we did a deep clean when we left. But, apparently she felt it wasn’t good enough (and yes, they should hire someone to clean before new tenets come in, in my opinion) but I don’t see why we were charged for it (not the full $100)
But, to me, it’s courteous and the right thing to do, to thoroughly clean the place out.

Siren's avatar

I say yes, if you have the time and means. It’s a nice gesture.

Judi's avatar

@jmah ; Are you in California? saw San Diego n your profile. if so, legally, you are obligated to leave it in the same condition you found it (less ordinary ware and tear, and dirt is not considered ordinary ware and tear.) If you don’t, the landlord can take the cost of doing so out of your deposit, but they can not make a profit from it. They can only charge you waht it cost’s them.

Jude's avatar

@Judi I lived in San Diego for a short time. I am from Ontario, Canada and that’s where I live now. I’ve been renting an upstairs apartment. My landlord lives in the lower part. When I first moved in, I didn’t need to put down a deposit.

janbb's avatar

You definitely want to do enought to get your security deposit back. Beyond that, it’s up to you and your anality or lack thereof.

RareDenver's avatar

In order to get our deposit back we are meant to paint our apartment, they can keep the deposit, my time is worth more than that. I will clean it though, I’d be embarrassed to leave it dirty, plus it looks as though a friend of ours may well be moving in when we leave, it’ll be weird to visit her here.

Jude's avatar

I have pets, so, I’m washing down the baseboard, as well. It’s looking good. :)

janbb's avatar

Good on ya!

galileogirl's avatar

Generally you leave the apt the way you found it less normal wear and tear. Since I live with a clean stove and refrigerator, I would consider it nasty to leave them any other way. Maybe some people who don’t clean the bathtub or vacuum under the bed think soap scum and dust bunnies are normal wear and tear.

Jude's avatar

@galileogirl I’ve been washing down the bathroom walls and finished washing out the fridge. I’m on a roll! It feels good leaving it super clean.

nitemer's avatar

Always leave a place better than you found it.

JLeslie's avatar

Generally, when real estate changes hands, whether it be a tenant or an owner, you are expected to leave the premises “broom clean.” This means you have not left items behind or crumpled up paper and packing popcorn, etc. And, that you go over surfaces. I usually go beyond that and do a big clean. I feel good that I left it in great condition. The truth is the owner will probably have a cleaning service clean before a new tenant anyway.

Jude's avatar

Finally done. A sore back and I’m pooped. She’s all sparkly, though.

Bonne nuit.

YARNLADY's avatar

You can be charged for any damage or expenses the owner has to spend. Most apartments require a cleaning deposit to be paid when you move in, and you won’t get it back unless the apartment is clean.

If you need references to rent your next apartment, you will not get a good reference if you leave a dirty apartment.

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

Why take the chance of getting charged a cleaning fee or having part of your security deposit taken? Play it safe and leave the place looking the same way it looked when you first moved in.

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