Whether you call it bond cleaning or vacate cleaning, refers to the end of lease cleaning which all renters have to get done before moving out. It is normally a legal requirement which each tenant must fulfil. After fulfilling this responsibility you would be retuned your bond money paid at the time of signing the lease.
The major aim of the bond cleaning is to restore the property back to its original condition. The estate agent has a list of the initial condition of the property through which they will judge the home or damages to the property. If the agent feels there is any lacking in the condition of the property, they can stop you from getting your bond money back.
The bond process
When the lease starts, the estate agent would lodge your bond. The bond is equivalent to four week rent. It will remain in trust till the end of your lease. Once you have completed all the formalities which also includes bond cleaning, you would be returned the amount.
- At the start of the tenancy, an initial condition report is documented. This report consist of the state of the property before you actually moved in. It has all the details of each room separately written down. It is expected that you leave the property in the same condition it was before aside from a bit of wear and tear.
- When the end of lease is approaching it is expected that you make repairs to all the damages which occurred while you were occupying the property.
- You are also expected to carry out the vacate cleaning
- Once it is done the estate agent would examine the property and check for any damages by taking a look at the initial report.
- If everything is in the right order your bond money would be refunded.
If you want to ensure that you are returned the bond money you would need to make sure that any damage to the property should be rectified before moving out. However, there are certain instances where you won’t be liable for being charged a fine. Those come under fair wear and tear. Instances of fair wear and tear include
- Frayed cords on a curtain or faded curtains
- Indentions caused by the furniture on the carpet
- Scuffed wooden floors. It is obvious that if the floors are being walked upon they are bound to become scuffed
- Paint which becomes chipped and cracked. Though if you have young children who may write on the walls, it’s essential to carry out a wall cleaning process.
- Hinges on windows which might become lose over time. The same goes for lose door handles as well. These are things which are bound to wear as time passes.
- Any leaks or stains causes by leaking or draining pipes. This is something which should be maintained by the land lord and wouldn’t reflect on you.