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England | Start of a Tenancy (England) | Tenant Fees (England)

Pet Agreement. Can the landlord insist on professional carpet cleaning at end of tenancy

28 Mar 2022 | 2 comments

I have used your Pet Agreements in the past and see that they state the property must be professionally fumigated at the end of the tenancy. My landlord is insisting the carpets are also professionally cleaned. Can she no longer do that?

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  1. adrianthompson

    It isn’t easy to know for sure if that would be enforceable.

    A clause in the tenancy requiring professional cleaning in all instances would not be enforceable and contrary to Consumer Rights Act 2015.

    Because consent is required and will not be “unreasonably withheld”, the requirement to professionally clean might be seen as “unreasonable” under the contract term.

    We must say it’s borderline, though, because it’s part of the consent, not the tenancy agreement itself.

    We guess you could try it in the first instance and see if they agree, but as we say, even if they agree, it might not be enforceable.

  2. JungleProperty

    The arrival of the Tenant Fees Act on 1st June 2019 meant a landlord must not require the tenant enters into a contract for the provision of a service with a third party in connection with a tenancy – landlords can no longer require a tenant to enter into a contract with a vet, pest controller or cleaner etc.

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