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Congratulations on becoming a new landlord. While it may be something you’ve been looking forward to, there are a few things that you must deal with to keep the premises conducive for your client. As a landlord, it’s important to keep your property clean.

But it’s also important to be aware of the common cleaning issues that landlords face. Here are common cleanliness issues you might deal with as a new landlord.

1. Pets and Smelly Fur

Pets are great. Often, they smell great. But in a rental property, pets are mostly not allowed. But how can you get rid of that offensive odor? The solution is simple; hire a professional cleaning company to clean the place and make the wall, floor and furniture look new again.

2. Mice or Roaches

Mice can be a problem for landlords because it’s hard to get rid of them. Mice can cause damage to your belongings, so you must do something about it immediately to prevent further damage through mice nests on your furniture or in the walls.

Roaches also need to be dealt with because they can get into electrical sockets and cause fire hazards by chewing through wires. You have to remove all roaches in your rental unit fast before they multiply anymore, and their nest grows larger over time (especially if you have children at home).

You have to do this quickly so that the family doesn’t have to worry about the safety of the family members in your rental.

3. Mold and Mildew

If you have not cleaned up all of your belongings, get rid of them immediately because you will regularly have to deal with mold and mildew issues. An exterminator can help you temporarily until you can get all the belongings out of your rental unit and clean up everything.

So, when you are going through this process, make sure that everything is put in sealed bags or containers that do not allow air inside them so that the moisture inside will not grow rapidly in the surrounding area. Air has to flow freely for mold and mildew to thrive.

The following steps can help to prevent this problem from arising:

• Clean everything with a highly concentrated bleach solution such as bleach washing solution or bleach toilet bowl cleaner

• Use a vacuum cleaner or bucket full of water and a high-pressure hose nozzle with a fan pointing at the area being cleaned.

• Use a dehumidifier to control moisture that might be taking place.

• Install a good air-conditioner system in your rental unit so that the air can be circulated as needed. You might want to install a whole-house filter and fan as well.

4. Crawling Insects

Crawling insects, such as bed bugs, can be a huge problem if they become a nuisance. It is hard to get rid of these insects, but you have to do so quickly. Don’t let them live too long, and make sure that you deal with them immediately, for such an issue can be difficult to control.

As a landlord, you need to call in for help from professional exterminators. It is all about cleanliness, and you want your tenants to feel comfortable and safe in the building.


Landlords are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of their units. You need to keep the premises clean from any dirt and insects. You can always use a professional pest control company with the right equipment and can be trusted.