The end of a tenancy differs from an eviction in that the tenant knows when they will be moving out. It is a civil affair and easily organized by both parties. This allows you to plan for a perfect ending of your tenancy.
When planning the end of your tenancy, the best thing the tenant can do is make things as smooth for the landlord as possible. For example, hire an end of tenancy cleaning service to clean up as you’re packing up. They will do far more than clean the carpets, though a thorough carpet cleaning is a start.
End of tenancy cleaning jobs include scrubbing the bathrooms, cleaning the kitchen, sweeping, cleaning the baseboards and essentially making the apartment move in ready for the next tenant.
Why should you pay for an end of tenancy cleaning service? First and foremost for the soon to be former tenant, you will know that the apartment is as clean as the landlord wants it to be. You can document the state of the place before you turn in the key, rest assured you’ll get your full deposit back. Depending on the terms of the lease, you may get reimbursed for the cleaning service. Another benefit is making it clear what marks on the walls and stains on the carpet are not due to wear and tear, so you don’t have to quibble over what could be removed by a steam cleaner and what you’ll have to pay to replace. You’ll know yourself that there are stains in the living room that a spot cleaner won’t lift up.
Another reason to hire a professional cleaning service at the end of tenancy is that it makes the apartment move in ready for the next tenant. How does this help you personally? It nearly guarantees the landlord will give you a good referral when you’re looking for a new place to live now or two years from now.
On the flipside, if you have a receipt showing that a professional cleaning service made the apartment move-in ready for someone else and a third party ruins the place before a new tenant shows up, you have proof in the form of the receipt that the apartment was not in that ruined condition when you left it.