End of tenancy cleaning in London is increasingly in demand, with increased and more lettings and management agencies demanding professional cleaning from their tenants on vacating their properties. While this may seem such as an expense for nothing, what is hilariously ignored about the problem is not the cleaning itself, but what those tenants leave behind for one-off cleaning companies to get after them.
Horror stories include live pets, collections of dirty condoms and years worth of old newspapers that had obviously doubled as intimate care products. Here are a few favourites:
Rummaging amongst the a large number of empty wine and champagne bottles that fuelled the conclusion of tenancy leaving party the night time before, one cleaner actually found a full time income person. A celebration casualty leftover from the previous evening who had been woken up, to his great surprise, only to find that his mates had left and been replaced by a group of cleaners. End of Tenancy Cleaning London The cleaners were kind enough to spell out what had happened and send him off in the right direction.
A Florence and the Machine song comes to mind: one end of tenancy cleaner found a bed that had actually been set on fire. Even though the flat was otherwise very clean, the guest bed, one of the only remaining pieces of furniture in the flat, had had the sheets burnt off the bed. This particular scenario was complete with smoke stains rising up the headboard and wall. Luckily it had been put out and no body needed seriously to call the fire department, although the next tenant would have been available in the market for a fresh bed.
While one-off cleaning the home of an elderly resident who’d recently moved into an assisted-care home, cleaners found a pet in the basement. Not really a big deal particularly. Chances are they found several more cats, without a litter box in sight. Aside from the cleaning itself, they reported that the smell bordered on the unbearable. A little bit of pet mess is something, but leaving your entire pets inside your home once you re-locate is fairly another. The cats had to be packed off to Battersea as, sadly, the resident was unable to possess pets at her new residence.
And so, a phrase to the wise: look closely at what exactly you leave behind, as there is a constant know who might find them and what they may need to say about it.
Alfred Halfnight is really a London-based freelance journalist with a mission to make you a better, cleaner, happier human being. He enjoys writing articles about the obscure facets of modern life, and thinks it’s this that Kafka might have done if he lived in the twenty-first century.