One of the most important things that you can do for yourself as a citizen of the UK and a responsible adult as a whole is to know your rights. According to changes made in the legislation of the country in 2007, landlords have the legal obligation to use the so called tenancy deposit protection, or TBP. Without going into unnecessary technical details, TBP means that any tenant has the right go get his or hers rental deposit back, as long as the end of tenancy conditions are met – meaning that the property is left in the same state as it was first occupied.
In order to prepare yourself to get your deposit back, you should basically do two things. First, obtain photos of the property from the time just before you have moved in, and make sure that you have carried out your end of tenancy cleaning and repairs properly.
In order to get the second thing right, you can either approach the task on your own, or put some effort and time into completing it, or just look around your district for a reliable and responsible professional cleaning contractor who can help you with the task of end of tenancy cleaning. It may cost a little bit more, but definitely you will have a considerable amount of money left from the deposit when you pay the company, so if you want to save some time and energy, that is definitely the best thing to do.
In case that you decide to get the end of tenancy cleaning on your own, you should get at least one day free on your schedule, because the task is time and energy consuming. End of tenancy cleaning is basically another word for deep house cleaning, and you should not underestimate the challenge you expose yourself to.
There are several areas to which you should pay really special attention. These are as follows:
- The carpets
- The windows
- The oven and other kitchen appliances.
- The bathroom – do not forget to check for mouldings in the corners!
You should make sure that if some handyman services are required in order to restore the property in its initial state, you are up to the task and have the proper tools, or you have a place from which you can get them.
Another considerate thing that you can do in order to ensure that your end of tenancy cleaning is properly taken care of is to ask some friends to come help you. Provided that they are not tied up at work or other urgent responsibilities, it is unlikely that someone will turn your request down. Having people close to you helping you with the end of tenancy cleaning will not only help you finish the job quicker, but also make the process a lot more fun.
Unless you have seriously damaged the property, these simple strategies will definitely help you get your rental deposit back without any problems whatsoever.