‘Broom Clean’ Condition: What Does It Mean If You’re Moving Out?
“Broom clean” condition: Such a quaint term, isn’t it? Often spotted on real estate contracts or rental leases (along with its kissing cousin, “broom swept” condition), anyone who’s moving out might wonder what it really means. In other words, how clean should you leave your place for the new inhabitants? More important, what happens if you don’t bother?
While “broom clean” has no exact legal definition (and certainly does not mean you must use an actual broom), the term does come with certain expectations—and consequences—that vary based on whether you rent or own your home. Here’s what you need to know.