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carpet cleaning--who? (by Trent [PA]) Jun 23, 2010 9:58 PM
       carpet cleaning--who? (by BRAD_IN 20,000 lease months [IN]) Jun 23, 2010 10:18 PM
       carpet cleaning--who? (by Robert J [CA]) Jun 23, 2010 10:29 PM
       carpet cleaning--who? (by Reid [KS]) Jun 23, 2010 11:46 PM
       carpet cleaning--who? (by bobbiej [CA]) Jun 24, 2010 3:47 AM
       carpet cleaning--who? (by Noel [PA]) Jun 24, 2010 4:29 AM
       carpet cleaning--who? (by Blue [IL]) Jun 24, 2010 5:30 AM
       carpet cleaning--who? (by Sue S. [IL]) Jun 24, 2010 5:40 AM
       carpet cleaning--who? (by AllyM [NJ]) Jun 24, 2010 6:36 AM
       carpet cleaning--who? (by Rose [CA]) Jun 24, 2010 6:52 AM
       carpet cleaning--who? (by Virden [OH]) Jun 24, 2010 7:41 AM
       carpet cleaning--who? (by Wallace CPM [VA]) Jun 24, 2010 9:26 AM
       carpet cleaning--who? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jun 24, 2010 10:45 PM
       carpet cleaning--who? (by BRAD 20,000 lease months [IN]) Jun 24, 2010 10:53 PM

carpet cleaning--who? (by Trent [PA]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2010 9:58 PM

State Specific Question About: PENNSYLVANIA (PA)

Who is responsible for cost of carpet cleaning upon lease termination and move-out--landlord or tenant? I've heard that most landlords recommend for tenant not to clean the rugs themselves; if not done correctly, permanent damage could occur.

Nevertheless, should tenant pick up the cost of carpet cleaning? --67.214.xx.xx

carpet cleaning--who? (by BRAD_IN 20,000 lease months [IN]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2010 10:18 PM

I don't know PA law, but our judge says "It's not MY dirt."

(gotta know your local judge!)

Here's how we handle it:

We cleaned the carpet or it was new.

Lease spells out that tenant is required to have it professionally shampooed after all items removed.

We split off $200 from the deposit and name it "Non-Refundable Exit Cleaning Fee". I have just collected the carpet shampoo and basic cleaning fee before they move in!

When one tenant moves out, the carpet gets cleaned, and I can tell the next tenant "Carpets have been professionally cleaned prior to your move-in."

I have about 75 photos of the house at move in, showing how clean it was and how it should look at move out.

carpet cleaning--who? (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2010 10:29 PM

Normal wear and tear! If my tenant kept good care of the carpet and I'm able to shampoo it and re-rent the unit, I eat the cost. However if the tenant trashed the carpet, then I deduct the pro-rated depreciation from their deposit!

carpet cleaning--who? (by Reid [KS]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2010 11:46 PM

In some jurisdictions it may be considered normal wear and tear . But I know some LL's have clauses requiring moving tenants to pay for carpet cleaning on move out.

carpet cleaning--who? (by bobbiej [CA]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2010 3:47 AM

I have in addendum to lease: Tenant to have carpets and home professionally cleaned and leave receipts.

I have found an excellent carpet cleaner - much less expensive than others in our area. I recommend him to tenants.

However, I am considering putting in lease that owner will take professional carpet cleaning out of deposit. Sometimes tenants don't have time or get busy with new place, so they are happy to have it done.

Lots of dust and dirt gets spread when people move, so it is more sanitary to have carpet properly cleaned before next person moves in. That is what I tell tenant.

carpet cleaning--who? (by Noel [PA]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2010 4:29 AM

Trent, a friend of mine who rented from a complex told me her lease stated that tenants were to have carpets cleaned by "Stanly Steamer" and to leave the bill on the counter OR be charged $150 from the deposit. SO I guess you can designate a certain company to do it..I guess her complex must have a contract with S.S. at a discount, as $150 for a 3 rooms is cheap! --72.23.xx.xx

carpet cleaning--who? (by Blue [IL]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2010 5:30 AM

It was clean when they moved in, it needs to be clean when they move out.

They do it or I charge for it.

carpet cleaning--who? (by Sue S. [IL]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2010 5:40 AM

Depends on laws - IN WI you can't take it out of the regular security deposit if it's typical wear and tear. You can deduct if it's beyond that.

carpet cleaning--who? (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2010 6:36 AM

I get my trusted steam cleaning company to come out. Tenants could rent a leaky steamer or use one of those chemdry places that sprinkle dust on your carpet and vacuum it up and call it clean.

You could put it in the lease next time that this will be charged for, but really it's just wear and tear and landlords are responsible for that.

carpet cleaning--who? (by Rose [CA]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2010 6:52 AM

I put in my Addendum or Rental Agreement that the tenants are responsible for having the Carpeting Professionally cleaned by a truck mounted Company.

Even if I didn't have it in my rental agreement it is their dirt and it needs to be cleaned right.

I always tell the tenants when they give notice that I will take care of being there when the carpeting is cleaned and take it out of their sec. deposit.

Almost always they are glad to not have that responsibility during the move. Plus I tell them the carpet co. can do a better job when the house is empty.

carpet cleaning--who? (by Virden [OH]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2010 7:41 AM

Add lease clause, upon termination of leasehold carpet will be cleaned with a company whom the landlord has approved at outbound tenant cost, a list will be provided in the termination package.

carpet cleaning--who? (by Wallace CPM [VA]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2010 9:26 AM

DIRT is NEVER NORMAL WEAR AND TEAR! I require residents to have carpets professionally cleaned and if the carpet is NOT clean, I have it cleaned and mark up cost 20% which is in my lease

carpet cleaning--who? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2010 10:45 PM

Is a sticky kitchen floor also "wear and tear"? How about gunk around the tub? Normal?

Got it clean, return it clean. Easier to manage and define.

Our judge allows it. Gotta know your judge.

Many LLs lose money by not managing the move out. We are in the "move in" and the "move out" business. In the last 300 leases I have signed, no one has complained about paying the "Non-refundable Exit Cleaning Fee". Many tell me they are relieved they don't have to rent a machine, lug it in their car, and spend hours shampooing. If they are willing to pay, why give it up?

carpet cleaning--who? (by BRAD 20,000 lease months [IN]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2010 10:53 PM

PS: do the math...a extra $200 cash flow on each lease. How many move outs do you have over 5 years? 10 years?

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