Sometimes, watching others live in your property is a hard thing. You can’t help wincing at each stain, bang, dent, and chip. Every renter has the right to make a home out of the place they’re renting, and this includes “normal wear and tear.” However, “normal” can mean something different to everyone! The truth is, when something doesn’t belong to us, we’re just not as careful of it, and the odds are good that you’ll have some tenants now and then that don’t care for your property as well as you would.
Regarding the stress you experience over messy tenants, we only have this advice: don’t sweat it! Plan for it.
There are three things that, at the bare minimum, you should do between tenants. This will ensure that they move in with a blank slate, clear of the smells and marks of previous tenants. It also guards against too much set-in problems:
Remember that there’s a way to solve any problem you are left with, and while it might cost you now and then, the profit of the property will far outweigh the costs you have to put forth. Pet problems? There’s actually a treatment that will deactivate allergens so that the next tenant doesn’t have to worry about it. You can target urine spots or re-carpet to completely eliminate odors.
Smokers? That’s okay! You can hire a cleaning service that will wipe down every surface top-to-bottom to completely eliminate the smell.
The safety deposit can only be withheld to cover costs of damages beyond “normal wear and tear” in an apartment. Normal wear and tear typically includes the following:
Anything that can be called “damaged” instead of “worn” can be a cause for concern and a reason to withhold part of the security deposit. However, in order to minimize confusion and conflict about the security deposit, you should follow these steps: