Can my landlord or building manager demand that I clean the place when they want to showit to prospective tenants?

UPDATED: Mar 13, 2012

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Can my landlord or building manager demand that I clean the place when they want to showit to prospective tenants?

I am planning to clean before I move out in 2 months but not right now since I’m really busy and its nowhere stated in the lease that its my duty to do so? The building manager was really rude today when he brought someone to see my place, and shouted at me that I need to move all my boxes to storage etc but I’m not moving out in another 2 month nor do I want to rent a storage space for no reason.

Asked on March 13, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Illinois


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

No, the landlord or apartment manager has no right to demand that you clean the unit in order to show it to prospective tenants, not unless you signed a written lease with some cleaning clause to that effect. (If you did, then that term is enforceable.) If the landlord or manager wants, they are  free to offer you help or money to clean: e.g. to offer to pay for a maid or cleaning service, offer to pay to store some of your belongings elsewhere, etc.--but it would be up to you to accept the offer or not.

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