Cleaning up after yourself is in the contract…
Recently, there seems to be some confusion as to item number 5 of the NWMLS form 22D (optional clauses addendum to the purchase and sale agreement). Maybe the sellers are deciding that the buyer already got a good deal and they shouldn’t leave the home in decent condition? ARDELL recently mentioned that some sellers are feeling disenchanted with this market and as a result the houses are not being exhibited in their best light. This is definitely happening and unfortunately is being carried forward to when the sale closes and home ownership is transferred.
Item #5 on the NWMLS Form 22D:
“Items Left By Seller.Any personal property, fixtures or other items remaining on the Property when possession is transferred to Buyer shall thereupon become the property of Buyer, and may be retained or disposed of as Buyer determines. However, Seller agrees to clean the interiors of any structures and remove all trash, debris, and rubbish on the Property prior to Buyer taking possession.“
Plainly stated: Take all your belongings and clean the property prior to handing over the keys. Clear enough? One would think, but what about when you line item #5 up to item #4 in the very same Form 22D and apply it to a seller who never had their home clean to begin with and had trash all over the place while the home was being shown?
Item #4 of 22D addresses the issue of “Property and Grounds Maintained