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Carpet Cleaning

by Wolfgang in Landlords Comments: 0 tags: Carpet, cat, cleaning, dog, Pet

CARPET CLEANING

We are often asked by owners to write into our tenancy agreement that at the end of the tenancy the tenant has to have the carpets cleaned professionally.

Under the Residential Tenancies Act we cannot do that. The tenant must deliver the carpet back to us in a clean and tidy condition – not more – not less. Unfortunately, the definition of what is reasonably clean and tidy varies from person to person and we have to be able to prove (that is why we take lots of entry inspection photos) that the carpet was clean before and was not after.

The only situation where we can specify the need for carpet cleaning, is if the tenant has permission to have a cat or a dog, in which case we insert the following clause into the tenancy agreement:

“The landlord will allow the tenant to keep ………..

This permission is also only granted on the condition that the tenant agrees to have the carpets professionally cleaned by CARPET TECH Phone: 021-0418982  06-8444320) upon vacating the property as there may be health and safety issues arising out of having the dog on the property. (allergies of future tenants)

Equally, the tenant can expect a clean and tidy carpet at the beginning of the tenancy.

Pets – Conditions

by Birgit in Tenants Comments: 0 tags: cat, conditions, dog, Pet

The question if we can allow a cat or a dog at a certain property depends on what instructions we have received from the owner who has given us the property to manage. It also depends on factors like if the property is fenced etc. i.e., if we believe it is suitable for the particular animal in question. We will always only allow a dog or a cat, if our tenant is happy to commit to the following condition in writing (example):

“The landlord will allow the tenant to keep one cat under the condition that the tenant agrees to make good any damage or deterioration whatsoever caused by the animal.  This exception may also be cancelled at any time, if any such damage occurs or if complaints are received that the animal is a nuisance to others or not kept and controlled in an appropriate way. This permission is also only granted on the condition that the tenant agrees to have the carpets professionally cleaned by CARPET TECH Phone: 021-0418982  06-8444320) upon vacating the property as there may be health and safety issues arising out of having the dog on the property. (allergies of future tenants)

The reason is as explained above that the next tenant may have an allergy.  Also, we insist on carpets cleaned by ENVIRO as we know they are cost effective and do a good job.  Not all carpet cleaning companies are created equal and a rug doctor will certainly not suffice. To have a pet is s privilege, not a right by nature.  We don’t mind pets at all, but we the owner of the property does not want to pay for any consequences and the next tenant can expect a clean and healthy home to move into.