Vacate clean, an end of lease clean or a bond back clean; chances are you’ll have to perform one when you move out of your rental property. When you moved in you are legally agreed with your agent to pay from your bond money if you will not return the leased property in a good condition. If you’re new to renting or just want to get caught up on the ins-and-outs of ending your tenancy, this guide will help you through the bond refund process and fully answer the question, “What is a Vacate clean”?
A Vacate end of lease clean, also known as an exit clean, is the full cleaning of your rental property at the end of your lease. We perform a vacate clean to restore the property to the original condition when first moved in. Usually the real estate agent use the initial condition report to determine if any of the bond will be deducted during the final exit inspection. If the real estate agent determines that there is any damage to the property or that it still requires cleaning, he can a will lodge a claim against your bond.
At the start of your lease, the real estate agent or landlord will lodge your bond (usually 4-weeks rent) with VIC Fair Trading. It will remain in the trust for the duration of your lease, until your real estate agent makes a bond claim. If you’ve never gone through the refund process, below we discuss the process:
As Mentioned earlier, it’s necessary to complete an initial condition report at the beginning of your tenancy. This report states the initial condition of the property when first moved in and is the key document used during the final vacate end of lease inspection. Here are a few guidelines when filling out the report.
As a tenant its your responsibility to go through the report created by agent and note all problems on the initial condition report. This goes for when the real estate agent do the final inspection when you have moved out. Before you move into the property, take photos for visual reference and as evidence to refer back to. No matter how small an issue is, documenting it before you move in will give you some “outs” if brought up in the future.
Address any damages caused during your lease before the final vacate end of lease inspection. Damages left without addressed can end up more expensive to deal with after the lease has finished. Always remember to take action while you are still under lease.
When tenants have moved out the agents do final inspection of the property, and after comparing it to the initial condition report, if agent realise things aren’t all that good. The first thing they will likely do is freak out and withhold the bond, but of course the tenants are going to claim that the damage is the result from normal wear and tear. This kind of incidents can make the owners tension, and if owners are not careful, it can result in your tenants bashing you on social media and filing a report with the Civil and Administrative Tribunal, which is the final thing that an owner wants. Because of this we should have a clear idea what is wear and tear and what is accidental damage. To get some clarity on the issue, here are some things to consider:
Wear and tear is the standard deterioration of a property from ordinary use. This happens from exposure to the elements, day-to-day living and time. Although the laws vary according to the state or region you’re in, most people agreed with this definition.
This type of damage is described as any unexpected or unforeseen damage to an insured property. Some examples of damage tenants would be responsible for are:
To prove fair, wear and tear ,the best way to do is to document as much as you can. Take photos, videos, of the home before new tenants move in, and make sure to get signatures on all condition reports. Doing this fairly and correctly will make it easy to prove fault when there is damage.
To prevent any problems from arising, guarantee to do inspections of the home as often as is accepted by law. Check tenants are honouring lease terms, and try to identify any issues as they come up, instead of waiting until your tenants have moved out. It will be much easier to work out a solution right after something happens as compared to months down the road.