Cleaning Fees – Part Three

In Part One, we covered setting the cleaning fees in the lease agreement.  In Part Two, we covered the initial move-in procedure.  Now, let’s cover the middle portion of the lease.  Many landlords may have a thorough move-in process and an excellent lease agreement spelling out cleaning fees, yet they are often shocked beyond belief when the tenant moves out and they are stuck with massive repairs and renovations.  That is where the maintenance inspections come in.  You should have in your lease several terms that allow you to periodically inspect the property.  Items for inspection could be testing smoke detectors, checking hot water heaters, looking for plumbing leaks and of course, compliance with cleaning and maintenance.  Each time you walk through the property, you can quickly see how clean and neat they are.  This will give you an idea about how good or bad it will be at move-out.  With proper lease terms, you can serve them notice to clean up the place or face eviction.  It may be harsh but the alternative of having a destroyed property at the end can be devastating to your budget.  Founder/Managing Partner Lamar Hunt Jr. wants to be fair to his tenants yet firm.  Inspections during the lease can save you big time if you are willing to put in the effort.  For more real estate tips on this subject or other subjects like this, see our blog at  You can also call us at 913-236-2902 if you have a property to sell.