Topic: Can our landlord make us pay for professional cleaning services between tenants?
Can our landlord make us pay for professional cleaning services between tenants?
After moving into a new apartment, I received a notice that my previous landlord had decided to keep nearly a third of the security deposit for cleaning and repairs. According to our lease, the house was to be left in “broom-clean condition, free of debris and trash” – which it was. There is also a provision saying that the deposit can be used to restore the premises to good condition if we were not in compliance. However, the cleaning services were scheduled by landlord before an inspection or before we had vacted the space. Both the carpet cleaning and other services took place before our lease had technically ended. In short, these services were going to be completed regardless of the condition of the home.
After writing him an email, he responded saying that this is to ensure that we are returing the house in the same condition in which we received it.
It seems to me that cleaning between tenants should be something that the landlord covers. Or at the very least, tells us that we will be responsible for so that we might have the opportunity to shop around and compare prices. Am I crazy? Has anyone else been in a similar situation?