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Do Landlords Have to Clean Between Tenants In Illinois?
April 6, 2022

Do Landlords Have to Clean Between Tenants In Illinois?

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Do Landlords Have to Clean Between Tenants In Illinois?

So, Do Landlords Have to Clean Between Tenants? 

Before the tenant turns in his or her keys for the final time, it's important that they ensure the property is in good condition as part of their tenant cleaning responsibilities. It’s standard to expect (and outlined by the Illinois Attorney General) that the previous tenant will go through the property and clean it when they leave so it is in an acceptable condition. On top of this, it is ultimately the landlord’s responsibility to thoroughly clean the apartment unit before the new tenant moves in. 

Consider the fact that a new tenant will be moving in soon. They are not responsible for cleaning up after the previous tenant. In the case that the property is left in poor condition, it is up to the landlord to rise to the occasion to ensure that the property is in better shape before the new tenant arrives.

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Tips for Cleaning Rental Property Between Tenants

Conduct Proper Move-Out Inspection 

If possible, landlords should be present during the tenant move-out process as this is an important time to address damages and imperfections in the unit. By being present during this time, you can avoid paying for any false claims that are submitted in writing.

By being present during this time, the landlord can better determine which repairs for which the tenant is responsible and which repairs they will take on themselves. Make sure to obtain the key sets from the tenant as well. 

Keep Photographic Records of Your Property 

In the case that you need to defend your position as a landlord, it’s ideal that you have photographic records on hand to use as needed. Even though the tenant has moved out, photos can help you dispute any wrongful claims on their end. While photographs are not the end-all, be-all of proof, they are an excellent tool to keep track of what the property looks like over the period of the leasing

Paint the Walls If Needed 

A fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference to the look and feel of the overall unit. Use the time between tenants to patch any holes and repair any chipped paint. If possible, you should aim to do this at least once a year to maintain the quality of the unit. By keeping up with fresh paint, you appeal to potential tenants and create a more welcoming environment for them. 

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Clean or Replace Carpet

Cleaning the carpets is another easy way to improve the appeal of your rental unit. The last thing potential tenants want is to take a tour only to see carpet that is old, stained, or gives off a bad odor. 

But who pays for carpet cleaning, the tenant or the landlord? The landlord will incur a carpet-cleaning cost when renting out an apartment, so it is ultimately the property owner’s responsibility to take care of standard carpet cleaning. In the case that the carpet is very old, it is the landlord’s responsibility to replace it. 

In terms of tenants, it is their responsibility to end their lease with the carpets in the same condition as when they moved in. Normal wear and tear are standard, but any damage that extends beyond this threshold will be the tenant’s responsibility.  

Clean Windows 

But what about windows, who is responsible for cleaning windows, the landlord or tenant? This fully depends on the rental agreement; many leases ask that the tenant takes care of cleaning interior windows in their unit. 

Tenants may take the time to clean the interior windows that they can access, but it is unrealistic to expect them to clean the outside of their windows if they live high above the ground. Plus, you run the risk of incurring an unexpected injury, lawsuits, and insurance claims. 

Learn More About 33 Realty’s Property Management Services

Whether you’re a seasoned real estate professional or you’re just getting into the industry, a little extra guidance is always helpful. At 33 Realty, our Chicago property management services are reliable and affordable. Contact us today at 773-692-6720 to learn more about how we can help. 

Written by:
Mary Gibala
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