As buying a home becomes quite expensive and out of reach for many, the demand for renting and leasing of homes and apartments is becoming quite popular in Singapore. Buying a home might certainly give us a long term asset. But the initial payment is a problem for many and so is the long term repayment commitment that could run into decades.
While renting and leasing is certainly a good idea, we cannot expect to live in it for years at length, in most cases. The lease or rental agreement or contract is for a specified period of time. It could either be extended or the owner of the property might decide to terminate the agreement. He, she or the entity may decide to go in for a new tenant, lessee or they might decide to sell it or perhaps even use it for their own purposes.
However, as tenants and lessees, we should understand the various legal and moral responsibilities. This may not be known to everybody. We are listing down a few of the cleaning etiquettes that should be kept in mind during the end of the lease period.
Fix Immediate Problems
Once you are nearing the end of the leasing period, you must get into the necessary housework right away. There is unwritten end of lease cleaning etiquette that you must bear in mind. You must take special care of molds, stains, spills and other such things on a priority basis. They should be addressed on a war-footing because the more you delay it, the more you will face problems.
Once the molds set it deep, you will find it difficult to remove. If you are busy and are unable to spare time, it would be better to take the help of professionals to get the job done. At the end of it, as a tenant or lessee, you have the moral responsibility to ensure that these problems are addressed as early as possible.
Importance Of Taking Photos
It would be better to take photos of the home before you get into it. While moving out after the end of the lease period, it would be better for you to take photos again. This will help you to be clear about the condition of the home before and after the end of the lease or rental agreement period. There will not be any room for subjectivity and you will be able to show everything in black and white, in the literal sense of the term. This is not only a good cleaning etiquette but it also will stand the stand of legal scrutiny should the need arise.
Making Cleaning A Routine
When you are in the house as a tenant or a lessee, you must not forget the importance of making cleaning a routine. This will help in preventing the accumulation of problems.
Here are a few things that perhaps you could try.
Make mopping, dusting and cleaning a regular habit both inside and outside the homes. Get into the habit of opening shoes outside the home, so that you do not bring dirt and debris inside the home. Make carpet and rug cleaning a regular habit and never procrastinate on this. Take the same care as you perhaps would have taken, if the property was yours. Be alive of problems and issues in the home and address them early and do not allow it to become a full-blown problem.
Understand Your Terms Of Lease
As a tenant you are morally and legally bound to understand the terms of the lease agreement as best as you can. You must go through the terms of the lease as closely as you probably can. This will help you to avoid things that might not only be against the terms of the lease agreement but also against accepted norms of decency and etiquette behavior.
Review Alterations & Walls
It is quite possible that you may have made changes to walls and other parts of the homes during your tenancy period. Compare these with the photos you may have when getting inside the home. If there are changes, you must ensure that the same are repaired and restored to its original condition. This could involve a bathroom, kitchen, living rooms and bedrooms.
In fine, while there could be legal agreements and other such written documents, many possible misunderstandings can be solved by understanding your basic moral responsibility as a tenant or lessee.