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 might seem such as an expense for nothing, what’s hilariously ignored about the situation is not the cleaning itself, but what those tenants leave behind for one-off cleaning companies to pick up 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 really are a few favourites:
Rummaging between the dozens of empty wine and champagne bottles that fuelled the end of tenancy leaving party the night time before, one cleaner actually found a full time income person. A party casualty leftover from the previous evening who had been woken up, to his great surprise, only to locate that most his mates had left and been replaced by a group of cleaners. 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 in your thoughts: one end of tenancy cleaner found a bed that had actually been set on fire. Tenancy Cleaning London Although the flat was otherwise very clean, the guest bed, one of the only remaining bits of furniture in the flat, had had the sheets burnt off the bed. This kind of scenario was detailed with smoke stains rising up the headboard and wall. Luckily it have been put out and no one had a need to call the fire department, although the next tenant would have been available in the market for a brand new bed.
While one-off cleaning the home of an elderly resident who had recently moved into an assisted-care home, cleaners found a cat in the basement. Not a big deal particularly. Then they found several more cats, without a litter box in sight. Apart from the cleaning itself, they reported that the smell bordered on the unbearable. A bit of pet mess is something, but leaving all your pets inside your home when you move out is very another. The cats needed to be packed off to Battersea as, sadly, the resident was unable to have pets at her new residence.
And so, a phrase to the wise: look closely at the things you leave behind, as you never know who might locate them and what they might have to say about it.
Alfred Halfnight is really a London-based freelance journalist with a mission to cause you to a better, cleaner, happier human being. He enjoys writing articles concerning the obscure facets of modern life, and thinks this is what Kafka might have done if he lived in the twenty-first century.