What Does an End of Tenancy Cleaning Involve?

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What Does an End of Tenancy Cleaning Involve?

No matter how long a tenant has been living at a property, once the tenancy is up, the property needs to be left clean and tidy.

An end-of-tenancy cleaning usually falls under the responsibility of the tenant, but it can be tricky to ascertain what is actually involved in such a cleaning, and failing to correctly clean a property can result in negative consequences for tenants and landlords alike.

In this article, JMS Cleaning are going to detail what is involved in an end-of-tenancy cleaning and explain how students and landlords can benefit from a thorough, effective property cleaning.

Why do tenants need to clean the property?

There are a number of reasons why tenants need to take some time to thoroughly clean their property when they’re moving out. Firstly, it can be a matter of common courtesy; you’d expect a property to be clean when you move in, so it should be left clean when you move out. Secondly, if you want to get your deposit back in full, you’ll need to clean the property. If your landlord has to pay for a cleaning company to sort everything out, that fee will likely come out of your deposit.

Do landlords need to do anything?

The landlord doesn’t have an obligation to perform the end-of-tenancy cleaning , and it is likely that the responsibility to clean the property as a tenant is written into the tenancy agreement. A landlord cannot force a tenant to hire a cleaning company – nor do they have to hire one themselves – but if a property requires the attention of professionals, the tenant may opt for their services.

What can happen if the tenant doesn’t do an end-of-tenancy clean?

If a tenant signed a tenancy agreement which requires them to perform the clean, but then fails to carry out said clean, they may well lose a part or even all of your deposit. Cleaning-related issues are the cause of around 56% of deposit disputes, which tells you how important a matter it is.

Failure to organise a clean at the end of a tenancy can also result in health and safety issues developing in the property, from mould in bathrooms and kitchens to infestations and other problems where cleaning responsibilities have been neglected. For landlords, this means that you may well have to pay for a more comprehensive clean than you otherwise would have, and it will be difficult to re-let your property until any problems have been resolved.

End of tenancy cleaning checklist

Being organised works wonders when it comes to an end-of-tenancy clean. Whether you’re cleaning a one-bed flat by yourself or a house share with your friends, there are several things you need to do.

The first tip, before we get into the minutiae of the list, is to go room-by-room. If there’s a lot of you, it can help to split into teams and tackle a room each, or you may want to go room by room as a unit. Whichever method you choose, ensure that the previous room is completely clean before moving on to another.

Bedrooms and living areas

☐ Walls, shelves, cabinets and doors should be spot-cleaned

☐ Don’t neglect the window sills

☐ Be sure to check for cobwebs and insects in corners and light fixtures

☐ Vacuum thoroughly, and sweep up afterwards to catch any surviving debris

☐ Empty bins, and clean them if necessary

☐ Check under beds and furniture, if you’re not taking them with you


☐ Use antibacterial cleaning products on the bath and shower

☐ Clean the toilet and sinks – use bleach on the toilet

☐ Use glass cleaning spray on the shower screen, if you have one

☐ Mop floors and wash bath mats if you have them and you’re not taking them with you

☐ Clean bathroom cabinets

☐ Clean the sink and taps


☐ Clean the inside and outside of all cabinets

☐ Dust the appliances and cabinets

☐ Walls and doors need to be spot cleaned

☐ Counters and surfaces need thorough cleaning

Don’t forget:

☐ Clean the inside of your oven and your fridge

☐ Be sure to defrost the freezer to easily remove items

☐ Empty all bins

☐ Take all food out of cabinets, fridges and freezers

Cleaning Services from JMS

Be as thorough as possible when it comes to cleaning a rented property and you should have no trouble getting your deposit back. Should you struggle with the cleaning for whatever reason, consider using the services of tried and tested experts like JMS Cleaning Services.

Give us a call on 0800 998 1316

We offer comprehensive and effective end-of-tenancy cleans for commercial and residential properties alike throughout Cheshire, Manchester and the surrounding areas. For more information, please get in touch with us today.

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