The presence of a detailed inventory is there to protect the tenant’s deposit as much as it is to protect the landlord’s property.
The inventory should be checked in detail before it is signed and copies retained for future reference.
The property should be returned to the landlord or agent in the same condition as it was received and the below information is advisory for tenants at the point of check out as tenants can often be surprised to discover what they are actually responsible for.
The inventory will be fully checked at the end of the tenancy. All personal possessions should be removed prior to the check out and cleaning must be conducted prior to the check out to restore the property to the condition it was found on the date the tenancy commenced.
If you are not ready to leave it will not be possible to carry out the check out, the appointment will be cancelled and a charge for re-scheduling will be incurred.
The agent or landlord must be informed of any items removed from or added to the property. Failure to do so may result in charges being made for the replacement of items removed. It is the tenant’s responsibility to return all items to their original position at the end of the tenancy. Should items not be in their original position at check out and as a result the check out lists the items as ‘not seen’, Magenta cannot be held responsible.
During the check out, the inventory will be checked and any variance and discrepancies to the original will be noted. Following allowances for “fair wear and tear” the tenant will be liable to pay for repairs, replacement, making good or cleaning (where necessary).
All keys listed on the inventory should be kept safely and handed back at the end of the tenancy. Should any keys be lost you may be charged replacement costs for the locks. If you have extra keys cut these should also be returned.
Cleaning Responsibilities at Check Out:
- Windows must be cleaned on the inside and interior window frames and ledges must be wiped clean throughout.
- Ceiling and walls must be cobweb free.
- All washable wall surfaces to be washed down and left dust, dirt and stain free.
- Skirting boards need to be washed and left free from dirt and dust.
- Curtains – All net curtains must be washed, ironed and re-hung. Any other heavy-duty curtains must be professionally cleaned if marked or stained.
- Floors – The property must be vacuumed throughout and carpets must be professionally cleaned if marked or stained. Kitchen and bathroom floors must be washed if applicable.
- All furniture must be dust free and polished.
- Cooker to be cleaned thoroughly with a suitable oven cleaner, including shelves, oven door, hob, grill pans and oven trays, the filter in the cooker hood must be changed if applicable.
- Microwave – To be cleaned thoroughly inside and out, including glass plates.
- Refrigerators and freezers should be defrosted and thoroughly cleaned. All food must be removed, the door should be left open and the appliance must be switched off at the mains.
- Baths, showers, toilets, shower screens and wash hand basins must be thoroughly cleaned.
- The inside and outside of all cupboards and drawers must be cleaned.
- Washing machine must be cleaned including the soap dispenser and filter.
- All lampshades should be dust free and light bulbs working, where necessary bulbs replaced.
- Vacuum bags to be emptied and filters to be cleaned.
- All rubbish, food unwanted items of furniture or personal belongings must be removed from the property/garden and refuse put out for collection if necessary.
- Bedding and linen if any should be dry cleaned/laundered, ironed and placed neatly in the appropriate room. Beds should not be made-up as all mattresses will be examined.
- If applicable, the garage must be swept out
- If applicable, the garden should be left in a clean and tidy condition with borders tendered and lawns cut.
- As a result of the requirements above we strongly advise that the property be professionally cleaned and left tidy at the end of the tenancy. Tenants can be disagreeably surprised to find the check out report commenting unfavourably on the standard of cleaning with a requirement for further cleaning at considerable extra cost.