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    Hi

    Does anyone know who is responsible for cleaning the exterior of upvc window frames, is it L or T?

    Tenancy agreement says T in resposible for cleaning windows. Does this only mean the glass or does it include the frames as well?

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    Originally posted by APM View Post
    Hi

    Does anyone know who is responsible for cleaning the exterior of upvc window frames, is it L or T?

    Tenancy agreement says T in resposible for cleaning windows. Does this only mean the glass or does it include the frames as well?
    Why would the T not be responsible for cleaning the frames? There is presuumably not a problem with reaching the frames, if the glass can be accessed?

    Unless the tenancy agreement for some bizarre reason made the LL responsible, then surely the T is, in the same way that he is responsible for cleaning the rest of the property.

    The usual understanding is that the T must hand the property back to the LL in the same condition and state of cleanliness in which he took possession of it, minus fair wear and tear. (Dirt is not fair wear and tear). The inventory should show the condition of all surfaces and if the frames were clean on Day One, they should be cleaned by T before handing back the property. That said, if the inventory/schedule of condition does not mention the window frames, I suppose the LL cannot insist T cleans them.
    'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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    • #3
      Originally posted by APM View Post
      Hi

      Does anyone know who is responsible for cleaning the exterior of upvc window frames, is it L or T?

      Tenancy agreement says T in resposible for cleaning windows. Does this only mean the glass or does it include the frames as well?
      The LL is not responsible for cleaning dirt off anything, only for repairs/maintenance (though some repairs/maintenance may include an element of cleaning, e.g. clearing out gutters).

      The tenant has a duty to behave in a tenant-like manner; which includes cleaning, particularly when not cleaning may cause the condition of something to deteriorate (e.g. allowing limescale to build up to an extreme degree). This is an implied duty and it makes no difference whether the tenancy agreement specifically mentions window frames or not.

      But, as MTG says, if there were a dispute over dirty window frames at the end of the tenancy, and the inventory didn't mention the frames, then the LL would struggle to prove that they were clean at the start of the tenancy.

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      • #4
        Many thanks for your replies.

        I thought that the T would be responsible, I just wanted to check first before raising the issue with T.

        Again thanks.

        APM

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