Starkville, MS asked in Landlord - Tenant for Mississippi

Q: Can a landlord require all tenants moving out to professionally have the carpets cleaned?

The landlord is requiring everyone in the complex to have the carpets professionally cleaned before vacating and to show proof with receipt, regardless if there is substantial damage outside of the “normal wear and tear”. The lease says nothing about professional cleaning, only “leave premise in clean and sanitary conditions, including carpets and kitchen appliances.” The carpets were definitely not cleaned professionally prior to my move in either. This was just sprung on everyone last minute and some people have already moved out as well.

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Baskin Lowber Jones
Baskin Lowber Jones
  • Jackson, MS
  • Licensed in Mississippi

A: Take pictures. Taking pictures before moving in is often very helpful as well to show the condition of the carpet when you moved in, vs when you moved out.

You may have to make a claim to get your deposit back for this cleaning as it will likely be taken out of your deposit.

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