We occasionally find ourselves renting to tenants that struggle to take care of themselves and the property. It can be hard to spot these tenants from the off and often, we are unaware of the damage and condition of the property until the tenant has vacated the premises.
This is a situation that many landlords find themselves in and it can be both a stressful and costly process, to get the property back up to a high standard. We take a look at some of the ways you can tackle mess and damage left by nightmare tenants, including various tools and services you could use to make the process easier.
Deep cleaning due to surface dirt
If you’re lucky, the poor condition of the property may simply be surface grime and dirt. At first it may look like there is damage to the property that will require extensive work, however, the property could simply need a deep and thorough clean.
In order to completely deep clean the property, you need to first remove all the furniture and any possessions that may have been left by the former tenant. You can do this by hiring out a storage unit. These are also ideal if the furniture itself needs to be thoroughly cleaned, as you can access the unit as and when you need to and carry out the deep clean there and then.
Next, employ professional cleaners to come into the property and point out each of the areas that need to be cleaned. This will usually comprise of the following:
- Kitchen – Including all cupboards and appliances
- Bathroom – Including any cabinets and features
- Carpets/floors in all rooms
- Walls in all rooms
- Skirting boards
Completely clearing out the property after severe damage
In some extreme cases, you may be left with severe damage to the property itself. This could include broken fixtures, appliances, and issues with plumbing, electrics and damage to doors and windows.
It is much easier and quicker to hire professional waste removal companies to come in and do all the hard work. Despite this being an extra cost, it can help free up your time, to take care of any other issues that may have arisen from the tenancy.
If you find you need to renovate part of the property, employing a waste removal company such as Envirowaste could prove useful, as could hiring a skip if you choose to do the work yourself. A waste removal company can come straight to the property and completely empty anything that may be broken or need removing due to damage.
How can you prevent a poor tenancy in the future?
Preventing any bad tenants from moving into your property can be difficult, if not completely impossible, however there are precautions you can take. Many landlords now go through a rigorous vetting process, including asking for previous landlord testimonies or character references. This can help you decide whether the potential tenant may pose a risk to your property.
Conducting regular checks and keeping on top of inspections can also help to prevent any unwelcome surprises, when the tenancy is up or cancelled. Simply keeping on top of your rental property can prevent any headaches created by messy tenants.