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Cecelia, Other/Just Looking in San Jose, CA

if you are moving out of a residence that you rented what are the requirements on painting cleaning and such?

Asked by Cecelia, San Jose, CA Thu Jul 31, 2008

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Definately read your lease before doing anything. In general the property should be left in good condition and teh courts allow for normal wear and tear. If you have scratched teh wall up, hung 20 pictures on each wall or say fell through a wall, by all means that is not normal wear and tear and you should paint the walls. if there are kids handprints then use you should wash teh wall and paint as it could be considered excessive. The same is for flooring and/or carpeting. You could simply ask your landlord/mamagement company upfront of what they expect and require to get your security deposit back and a good reference. Good Luck.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 4, 2008
Ask your landlord, they'll be the ones refunding your deposit, and if they're professional, they will be honest with you about what is expected. We provide our tenants with a cleaning checklist and will be "pre move out" inspections to point out anything they've missed. If you don't want to ask your landlord... read your lease. Everything you are required to do will be spelled out in your lease. Another bit of advice... everyone thinks the place is "cleaner than when they moved in" but unless you specifically listed things on your move in sheet or notified your landlor in writing about pre-existing damage or things needing to be cleaned, you will still be expected to leave it clean and undamaged.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 2, 2008
It depends what your lease says - many leases will specify the condition in which the property is to be left, for example "broom clean" or "professionally cleaned." Depending on your jurisdiction and your lease requirements, you may not have to paint to correct reasonable wear and tear (scuff marks and the like), but if you radically alter the walls, you might be responsible to restore them to their original color/condition.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 1, 2008
It is not required that you clean and paint..but my recommendation is that you clean that property and if you can paint...paint.
There's nothing better then an excellent reference from a former Lessor to pave the way for your next rental!
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