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    #16
    Whoa there!

    You've just brought another parameter into this. You say the carpets were "worn" from two years' use. Fair enough, but of what quality were they in the first place? Cheap carpeting is not going to last too long in a rented property and that's reflected in the price you pay. Asking a tenant to have the carpets cleaned is fine but is it going to make that much of a difference when they have been if they are of the "cheap & cheerful" type. Ask yourself, is it fair and reasonable on the outgoing tenant to pay for their cleaning, when the cost might be better put towards some new floor coverings (with the tenant's agreement by the way)?

    If on the other hand they are good quality carpets with a lifespan of say 5-10 years (you'll be lucky to get near the latter figure!) and cleaning will restore them to an acceptable degree for an incoming tenant then it's a judgement call!
    The advice I give should not be construed as a definitive answer, and is without prejudice or liability. You are advised to consult a specialist solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.

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      #17
      Ditto

      I think you misunderstood my post. My response was to McRockstarr about the professional cleaning not you and I was putting myself in the tenants position which has moved away from the original point.

      If the property has not been cleaned by the outgoing tenant then of course you can ask for a charge for it to be cleaned. My answer was to an earlier post that suggested all tenants should have a property professionally cleaned at the termination even if the Landlord did not do so at the commencement. An unenforceable clause if ever there was one.

      The original tenancy agreement no doubt makes mention of the inventory. It may state that both parties must abide by the check out report. If it does and the check out report is as ambiguous as you say it is, you will be breaching the terms of your own agreement.

      My comments regarding bearing the cost of the clean are down to personal taste. Lets say a property is £250 a week and a tenant stays for two years, the Landlord will receive the grand total of £26,000. It seems a lot of effort to be sued by tenants for a £130 clean.
      For the avoidance of doubt, I am not a solicitor nor a specialist. I have simply spent many years in the business and am expressing my opinions. I would urge caution to any individual using these forums as a sole basis for decision without first speaking to a solicitor.

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        #18
        Ask yourself, is it fair and reasonable on the outgoing tenant to pay for their cleaning, when the cost might be better put towards some new floor coverings (with the tenant's agreement by the way)?
        Paul F

        Why would the tenant in this case be asked to contribute towards new carpets, when all they need to do is contribute towards cleaning or to be given the chance to clean them themselves. If the LL is going to replace the carpets the tenant should not be charged anything.

        Zoe

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