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Broom Clean
Broom clean is a term that describes the condition a property should be in after it is vacated. It means that the property must be cleared of all personal items and the floors need to be swept clean. If the tenant doesn't leave the premises clean, the owner may be able to deduct cleaning fees from the former tenant's security or cleaning deposit. When selling a home, the contract may stipulate that the home be broom clean before the closing. Most of the time, broom cleaning also means that the property is entirely empty of items that aren't attached to the structure, such as furniture. The exception to broom clean includes items that belong to the property, such as old storm windows or doors that are being stored in a basement or garage. These may have use for the next occupant or owner.