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Michelle

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If Landlords have decided to put their rental (single family home) up for sale while tenants are present with a 2 year lease in place (always paid on time), are the tenants responsible for house cleaning bills so Landlord can show their property?  If so, why should tenants be responsible for this cost when the tenants did not make the decision to move.  Tenants have 15 more months on lease of property. California.  Thank you.

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Why would a LL pay for your house cleaning?  You are responsible for your own cleaning.  If your house is not clean enough to show the property, you need to handle this.  A house doesn't have to be immaculate, but should be reasonably clean and neat.  Isn't your place this way all the time?  Some leases have clauses that state the tenant agrees to keep the unit in show condition if it is for sale.  If you have such a clause, you agreed to keep it in that conditin.  Barring that, just keep it reasonably clean & neat.  No dirty dishes in the sink, counters & floors clean, laundry picked up and in the hamper - the usual weekly cleaning.  The LL or agent should give you 24 hours notice prior to a showing so you should have time to pick up any normal clutter like kids toys and magazines.

The remainder of your lease will transfer to the new owner.  He will have to honor your lease until it ends.
Michelle

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Thank you for your response.  My house is always presentable for company.  Deep cleaning was my concern, carpet shampoo, wood treated floors, etc.  I'm confident.

Michelle

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Oh I forgot to mention.  The LL have not viewed their property since mid 2007.  I was just wondering what my responsibility would be in case LL insisted on hiring a cleaning service no matter how clean the place is and then stick us with the bill.  That's all.

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