The period between tenants – often referred to as the tenant turnover period – can be a hectic time. There’s a delicate balance between respecting the outgoing tenant, preparing and showing the rental, and welcoming the new tenant.
When working with an outgoing tenant, it’s important to go over the entire house and ensure everything is in good condition. This will allow you to cover the end-of-lease expectations and review any repairs that will need to be made during the turnover period.
A few things that the landlord should keep in mind during the tenant turnover period include:
- Communicate: Keep lines of communication open with outgoing tenants and answer any questions that they may have.
- Inspection: Walk through the unit with the tenant to document any damages during their occupancy.
- Keys: Collect all keys from the tenant and make sure all locks are changed before the next tenant moves in. Keys are essential in keeping a rental property secure.
- Cleaning the house: If the tenant did not clean the house before moving out, you should take the time to perform a deep clean or hire a professional cleaning service. A rental should always be clean when the next tenant moves in.
- Repairs: Handle any required maintenance before the tenant moves in.
- Notarized Letter: A notarized letter stating that the tenancy has ended and that the deposit was returned may be provided to the tenant. This will help to protect the you from any future claims by the tenant.
How Much Time Should Be Allotted Between Tenants?
Ideally, the unit should be vacant for at least two weeks between tenants. This gives you enough time to clean, repair, and show the unit to prospective tenants. When it comes to turnover, time is of the essence!
Quick Overview of Deposits
The deposit covers damages that exceed normal wear and tear. In some states, it can also be used to cover unpaid rent or utility bills, but you’ll want to verify your local laws before using it for this. The deposit cannot be used for cleaning fees unless the tenant specifically agrees to this in writing.
Cleaning deposits are separate from security deposits. They may be used to cover the cost of professional cleaning services. These fees are typically non-refundable.
Tips for DIY Instead of Hiring a Professional
Do-it-yourself projects can save you a lot of money but can also be time-consuming. If you’re short on time, hiring a professional is best. However, if you’re willing to put in the extra work, here are some cost-saving tips for do-it-yourself projects:
- Rent or borrow tools: You don’t need to own every tool to complete a project. See if you can rent or borrow the tools you need from a friend or neighbor.
- Shop around for materials: Compare prices at different stores before purchasing. You may be able to find the same product for a lower price elsewhere.
- Look for sales: Materials go on sale all the time. You can save yourself a lot of money by waiting for a sale.
Final Thoughts on Tenant Turnover
These are just a few things landlords should remember at the end of a lease. The key to a smooth turnover between tenants is preparation. At LandlordStation, we’re here to help you with all your rental property needs.