The two most common charges will be professional cleaning and carpet cleaning. Cleaning and carpet cleaning must be done at a professional level. Also, if you work hard to clean, but there are missed areas, we will still have to send a cleaner to take care of that. We do have vendors that clean carpets professionally for a great price, so let us know if you would like to have us take care of the carpet cleaning. Here are some common charges that we see, however, potential charges are not limited to this list:
Cleaning - This is the most common charge. This must be done at a professional level. If you pay a professional cleaner and they do not clean to our standards, you will be responsible for a 2nd cleaner to come and finish the job. Often we suggest using a cleaner on our approved vendor list or allowing us to clean the unit to make sure it's done properly.
Carpet cleaning - Carpet cleaning must be done by a professional company. Vacuuming carefully does not count. Since we have relationships with carpet cleaners, we can get this done at great prices.
Carpet or flooring replacement charge - This is usually prorated. Flooring is expected to have an 8 year lifetime, but you could be charged for damages beyond normal wear and tear.
Paint or wall repair charge - This is usually prorated. Paint is expected to have a 3 year lifetime, but you could be charged for damages beyond normal wear and tear.
Landscape maintenance - If landscape maintenance was your responsibility, you will need to make sure the landscaping looks the same as you received it. Trim grass, hedges, and trees, sweep walkways, and clean off any oil stains.
Haul Away - If you leave behind personal property, it will need to be removed. Sometimes this will require a company to come and haul away or trash out the unit. This costs money and could get charged to you.
General Maintenance - If anything is damaged beyond normal wear and tear and needs to be repaired, we will have to send a vendor or maintenance technician to repair it. This could include damaged blinds, torn screens, burnt out light bulbs, or clogged drains due to hair or food.
This is possible and can be done, but we want to make sure everyone is on the same page regarding breaking leases early. We encourage you to review your lease agreement to clarify any questions you might have. Here are a few things to keep in mind about the lease break process:
There is a lease break fee that must be paid in order to begin the lease break process. This is usually a fee of $1,000, but you will need to check your lease or talk to your manager to verify the exact amount. This fee must be paid before we can advertise the unit or process any new applications.
Remember that you are financially responsible to pay for all monthly charges until a new tenant moves into the unit and takes possession. This includes all utility costs. That means if the unit is rented to another tenant before the end date of your original lease, you will be charged the monthly charges up until the date of their move in.
We will do our best to advertise and rent the unit to someone else (to minimize the cost to you), but it would be a good idea to help with this process by allowing showings, cleaning your unit well, and allowing us to perform a pre move-out inspection.
Normally, your security deposit disposition would be mailed to you (using the forwarding address you provide) within 21 days of your move out. However, during lease break situations, we have to wait to send out the disposition until a new tenant moves in since you are still technically financially responsible for the rent of the unit until this time. We will deduct any charges for damages or cleaning, but we also have to make sure the rent is fully paid before sending back any funds. This may take longer than 21 days.
There is a specific section in your lease regarding this and it has more details that aren't mentioned here. Please review that section. Communicating with us is always best, so if you are considering breaking your lease, please reach out to your manager as soon as possible.