Ok so a friend of mine moved into a house in february it was brand newly decorated with a suede sofa. when he went to rent it was explained to the letting agent that he had young children who would be staying with him at weekends. One day when I was round the letting agent used her keys to let herself in when the tenant and I were standing in the kitchen fair enough she was letting builders in but I told my friend she was bang out of order she should have knocked.
Now I know my friend can sometimes let the housework slip but he always gets back on top of it and his young children have put hand prints on the walls (just hands not paint or anything cream walls).
so my friend cleaned the house up for the inspection that was happening after 3 months and the pulled him about the hand prints fair enough but told him it would have to be professionally repainted (they claim this cost £1200 its not a huge house) also there are marks on the sofa which they said would need professionally cleaned fair enough!
but she bascially emailed him saying that he needs to bleach his toilet twice a week clean his shower screen every day, mop and dry his floors daily and clean his bathroom tiles once a week! and hoover his carpet daily!
I understand they want to keep the house in order for the landlord however where does my friend stand legally he already explained that when he leaves the house will be returned to order but they say there will be another inspection in a month and it better improve (their exact words) to be honest I was astounded by the email!
I was under the impression that when you lease a home your obligation is to return it to an aceptable state when you move out that it isnt expected that it be returned in the exact condition it was rented as well someone is living there for a year! not that the letting agent can come in monthly for an inspection to check the place is spotless! and expect you to pay £1200 pounds for a profession cleaner 3 months into the contract for a few dirty marks on the wall (which he did try to clean off but the paint just lightened)
never mind the fact my friend works 16 hour days 5 days a week and has his kids amonst this he shouldnt be having to worry about housework inbetween surly!
I was in his house after the inspection and it was tidy certainly put my own house to shame!!