My current tenants will move out in the next couple of weeks. They have been present for just under 2 years.
I did some viewings this weekend and the condition of the property is ok except for numerous water marks behind the kitchen sink/worktop and a few scratch marks on the entrance to the property. Whilst the living room and bedrooms are in good condition, the kitchen and bathroom would need a very good clean (limescale staining, a bit of mould in a few places, tub and basin need cleaning etc). There is also a lot of dust in corners around the skirting board.
I did not see any definite damage but they have quite a lot of furniture.
The flat was newly decorated before they moved in.
I have two questions:
Would you deduct from the deposit for small scuffs/stains on the wall and for numerous water marks behind the basin given that the property was newly decorated on check in? I have a professional inventory signed by the tenants on check in.
I am going to send them a letter informing them about my expected cleaning standard and a checklist for cleaning. The new tenants move into the property 2 days after the old ones leave. Should I hope that the old tenants follow my guidance and clean the property to a decent standard (and if they do not then I do it myself) or book a professional cleaning company regardless (with a view to claiming this amount back if inadequately cleaned)? Unfortunately I cannot wait till they leave to assess the property condition and then book a professional clean as I only have two days to clean and do the inventory.
I would be grateful for advice from other landlords.