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Hi, We are currently trying to re-rent out condo and have a tenant in there now whose lease is up at the end of the month. She is very nice and has been a good tenant but we have noticed that she has a lot of "stuff" (clothes, shoes, etc). That is fine, it is what is it, we can't control that nor are we trying to. The problem is though that we have asked her to keep the condo in a presentable condition for when we show it to potential renters and she was fine with that. Fast forward to before one of the showings, we walk in and basically have to walk over shoes to walk through the front door. Ok, little annoying, but not getting too frustrated yet. Then we walk in and there is just stuff laying out everywhere, dishes in the sink, on the stove, dirty stove. We walk into the bathroom and there is stuff everywhere and specifically the toilet is disgusting. I quickly had to put the seat down before someone saw it. We have had 2 showings now and not a bite after and I really think that the condo not being in a good looking condition is swaying their decision. Hey, it would me.

I don't know how to approach our tenant and say nicely that the condo is dirty and cluttered. To be honest, I don't think she is truly aware of how it looks...I know that sounds weird. Or maybe she does and just doesn't care? I do not want to upset her to the point where she doesn't work with us on showing the unit, but at the same time, it needs a cleaning before the final move out cleaning.

My thoughts were that I was thinking of saying that I would be happy to help her clean (I would if it meant it would get done) or I could offer suggestions on a cleaning person (although she may try to get us to pay, which i don't think is right). I was also going to ask her if she could clear all walk areas of items (shoes, etc), as well as clear out the sink and clean the stove top. How much is too much to suggest? How do I tell someone it needs to be cleaned without offending? I know everyone has different views on cleanliness and I have higher standards maybe, but I mean come on.


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Sounds like you'll just be wasting your time if you help her clean, as people who live messy don't understand living any other way, especially if they're on their way out. Your only option appears to be cleaning the place yourself an hour or two before a showing. It's work, but she's proven that she can't be trusted to do it on her own.

Have you considered waiting until the end of the month and forget showing the place while she's living there? A bad showing to a good prospective tenant can be such a waste. And you can take the security deposit to help clean the place if she leaves it a mess. I'm sure you have other options, but that's all I can see.

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We want to try to get a new tenant lined up so we don't lose out on a months worth of rent...but it is looking like that is going to happen.
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