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What are the industry standard maintainance fees for move-out tenants?

Asked by Dog, 60614 Wed Oct 14, 2009

When a tenant moves out what does a landlord charge to clean the stove? Replace hardwood floors? etc

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Just a quick question, when the tenants moved in, did you take a security deposit from them, like one month rent or even two, if they had pets did you take an additional amount....
Usually that should cover normal wear and tear and the tenant should be aware when moving in of the fact that if they do not leave the unit the way they found it when they first moved in, you will be able to use some of that security deposit and not return it all to them....
May be if you did not, then for the next tenant you may want to consider that. As far as replacing hardwood,
if it is in really terrible condition???? How about refinishing it?

Hope this helps a little.
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To the best of my knowledge, no such list exists. Cleaning crews charge what they can get, but it varies based on whether you go with a nationally-recognized service like or with an independent cleaner.

Damage to hardwood floors might fall under "normal wear and tear," so wouldn't be a recoverable expense from a tenant.

Are you asking as a tenant or as a landlord?
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The tenant should leave the property in the same general condition as it was when he/she moved in excluding 'normal wear & tear'. Some landlords tend to abuse the meaning of normal wear & tear. The tenant should clean the stove before they leave, but to try to charge the tenant the cost to replace the hardwood floors would be more than just a stretch and the tenant would probably easily win in court. Trust me, the costs & hassle of going to court on something like this is not worth it unless the tenant really trashed the floors.
It's always a good idea to take pictures of the unit when the tenant moves in so you can refresh their minds as to how it should look when they move out.

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