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Who has to clean a rental property when I move out?

When you move out of a rented property, you should leave it in a clean state. If you don't, your landlord may be entitled to claim some or all of your bond. That means you will get less money back. The law allows for fair wear and tear caused by normal use of the property.

If you and the landlord cannot agree on what is 'reasonably clean' or 'fair wear and tear', either of you can apply for a ruling from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

As Victoria's consumer affairs regulator, we help landlords, agents and tenants understand their rights and responsibilities.

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