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Tenants Beware: Trash-outs Are EXPENSIVE

Real Estate Agent with NEPTUNE REALTY 0225-075558

Most leases require a tenant to return the property in clean and habitable condition, free from debris.  But when a tenant moves out at the end of their lease and leaves behind rubbish, SOMEONE must dispose of their remaining trash. 

Although exact handling may vary from state to state, in Virginia, the charge for removal of such rubbish is an expense that we charge against the security deposit, just like any other damages.  If it's just an item or two, a property manager may be able to toss it in the trash themselves, but when it's a large amount of "stuff" a dump run may be necessary and the contractor who does this type of work (commonly called a "trash-out") is hired.

What many people do not realize, is that the contractors who perform this type of work, do so for bank owned properties as well.  When an REO needs a trash-out, they have VERY DEEP POCKETS and are not concerned about the expense.  Consequently, the contractors doing this work commonly set their prices VERY HIGH since they know the entity paying is not sensitive to price.  That expense is rolled in with all the other charges associated with a foreclosure.  But when it's a tenant who must bear that expense, the prices have already been set high by the industry (see laws of supply and demand as it impacts prices.)

Property managers WANT to issue a full refund of security deposit with no deductions, because that means you left the property as clean as we expected and it can quickly be turned around for a new tenant.  So a word to the wise for tenants, leaving trash behind in a property is much more expensive than you may have thought, so read your lease and be certain to complete whatever cleaning is expected of you on departure.  

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Search the MLSDrick Ward, Realtor and Broker Associate    757-575-5156

Neptune Realty - Virginia Beach, Virginia


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Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Dick  Let's face it many tenants do not clean out the properties this is why we have Clean out  companies 

Nov 03, 2023 11:12 AM
Drick Ward Property Management / Broker Assoc

Actually most of my tenants DO leave the properties in good condition, I think all would if they realized what it will cost them.  Virginia is a fairly landlord-friendly state, so maybe that's what's helping. 

Thanks for the comment.  

Nov 03, 2023 11:50 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Drick, I have a seller who lives like this, and hope next week when the buyer gets possession, it looks empty and clean.

Nov 04, 2023 02:28 PM
Drick Ward Property Management / Broker Assoc

Our local contracts require seller to leave in "broom clean condition", so I always point that out to my buyers, just to properly set expectations.  Good luck with your closing.  Thanks for the comment.

Nov 06, 2023 06:29 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker
Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.
Nov 06, 2023 03:45 AM
Drick Ward Property Management / Broker Assoc

Thanks for the comment, hope your day is great as well.

Nov 06, 2023 06:30 AM