I’ve recently moved out of a studio flat. My landlord (or the agency, I don’t know) wants to charge me GBP 130 from my deposit for “professional cleaning”.
When I moved in, the studio was perfectly clean. The agency’s “check-in report” rates the cleaning as “very good”. When I moved out, I did my very best to leave the studio in a similarly clean condition. The agency’s “check-out report” rates my efforts as “good”. I wouldn’t deny that I have probably not left the studio in the perfectly clean condition that it was in at the beginning, but I have left it in a very clean condition, and surely clean enough for it to be rented out again immediately. I feel it’s quite unreasonable to charge GBP 130 for the pretty small difference between “good” and “very good”, and the studio is only a few square meters/feet, so there isn’t actually that much to clean anyway.
What is your opinion on this? Is there a clear answer from a legal point of view? My tenancy agreement said nowhere that the studio needs to sparkle at check-out or anything like that.
I know I’m probably biased here but I think my landlord is unreasonably greedy in this situation. I had a six-months fixed term contract and have paid for these six months in full, even though I have lived there only about three - four months due to Covid (my workplace had closed down and I had moved to my family). I accepted that it was my legal obligation to pay for the six months, which means that for the period when I wasn’t living there I’ve paid more than 2000. I would be able to pay these GBP 130, but I don’t want to unless the legal situation is that I definitely have to. If the legal situation is unclear, I think it would be the landlord’s time to compromise.