Clean Up, the new handy video guide for cleaning rental property to professional rental standards, has been widely welcomed by the lettings industry. It is seen as a breakthrough in addressing the biggest problem in the way of repaying deposits quickly and in full: what is clean and by whose standards? The film guides the way to saving significant amounts of money for tenants and landlords and will help the deposit dispute schemes where up to 60% of their workload is caused by cleaning disputes.
A large proportion of tenants have said they would willing clean to the right standard and save themselves money if they knew the standards required and the best way to achieve them.
Launched today by Joanna White (left), Managing Director of Property Principles Ltd, Clean Up provides the benchmarks for cleaning to lettings industry standards. It is not a lesson in how to clean but a series of practical, clear explanations of the standards of cleaning expected in the rental market. These are generally higher and more comprehensive than those of even the most house proud.
Clean Up comes at a time when rents are rising and therefore the potential cost of a disputed amount on deposit is higher. It has, says Joanna, been welcomed by the front line professional organisations involved at the beginning and end of tenancies: the Association of Residential Letting Agents, ARLA, and the Association of Professional Inventory Providers, APIP.
“Time and time again large sums of money are deducted – correctly – from deposits only because a property has not been cleaned to the professional standards that will have applied when a tenancy started,” said Joanna White, who was, for many years, a disputes adjudicator for the Tenancy Deposit Scheme.
She says that there is a world of difference between a good daily domestic clean and the full professional standard of cleaning required for professional properties. “Industry bodies constantly point out that the number of deposit disputes caused by not understanding what is clean? is far too high. It is generally believed that up to 60% of all disputes are over the standards of cleaning while the vast majority of tenants have said they would willingly clean to the right standard and save themselves money if they knew and understood the standards required,” Joanna White added.
The Clean Up video guide and booklet is available on propertyprinciplesltd.com at an introductory launch price for rental of £1.50 or £5.99 to buy outright. It is the first in a series of guides to be published for the benefit of landlords and tenants.