A Landlord’s Guide to Carpets
Life as a landlord is difficult: trying to collect rents on time and in full, ensuring that tenants keep the property in good working order, minimizing damage and depreciation. With these things in mind, we have compiled here the complete Landlord’s Guide to Carpets. Regular maintenance carried out by professional carpet cleaners, along with a few other helpful tenancy cleaning tips, should mean one less thing for London’s landlords to worry about.
Get protected! Before beginning a new tenancy, call a inventory company certified by the AIIC — the Association Of Independent Inventory Clerks — to perform an inventory check. They will complete a report which establishes the state of the property and all its contents (carpets included) which landlord and tenant will sign and agree upon prior to the commencement of a new tenancy. This will prevent any arguments from cropping up later in the tenancy. Inventory reports include photographs so disputes over who wrecked the carpets and when should no longer be a problem.
Take a deposit! If you have nice carpets make sure the deposit you take from a tenant is enough to cover their replacement. Be thorough and make sure the tenants are aware of your expectations and let them know that they will be paying for it if something goes wrong. Professional tenancy cleaning in London is widely available and well worth the money (especially if your tenants are the ones paying for it).
Communicate! If there has been any damage to your carpets, furniture or other parts of your property, you should be the first to know about it. Speak to potential tenants about this before they move in and give specific instructions about what to do in the event that something goes wrong. If they spill something on your carpets – coffee, tea, blood, wine, food, pet mess — make sure they understand their responsibilities to you.
In most cases tenants damage rental properties and their contents out of ignorance or laziness rather than wilful harm. Provide your tenants with contact information for the appropriate professionals. Give them a recommendation for good carpet cleaners, or for a general cleaning company. Make sure that there are some essential cleaning materials left in the flat: often vinegar, cleaning rags and sponges and some household detergent will be enough to tackle spills and carpet damage in the short term.
An inventory check, an adequate security deposit and good communication should prevent 99% of possible incidents. For the rest, make sure you have a good carpet cleaners or London tenancy cleaning team at the ready and the landlord experience should be a pleasant and worry-free one.