I have been staying in a serviced apartment for 3 weeks and will leave soon. The service was once a week. They didn't wash dishes so far, I did myself.

I wonder if they expect me to wash dishes before leaving as well.

To be more clear, the apartment has 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 1 kitchen and 1 bathroom. Its price is a little bit higher than 3-star hotels. There is no reception, it looks like a regular apartment, so does the building.

By the way, there is a similar question on TSE, but it is for guest houses. Since I don't know if the same rules apply, I asked a new question.

Edit: I cleaned all dishes before leaving, so will not know what would be otherwise.

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    What does your contract say? What do the rules of the hotel say?
    – JoErNanO
    Commented Nov 11, 2018 at 12:08
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    I find it strange that you would ask this question. I always try to leave everywhere I stay clean and tidy. Towels and bedding will need to be changed anyway, but everything else I tidy, if only to leave a good impression.
    – user79658
    Commented Nov 11, 2018 at 13:01
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    @CannonFodder nothing wrong with making use of every service provided by a business for your money, within reason of course. I would personally wash the dishes too, but I won't blame someone for not doing so if that's what they've paid for.
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Nov 11, 2018 at 13:26
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    Does the apartment have an automatic dishwasher? If so, then a common rule is that you should load all dirty dishes into the dishwasher before leaving, so that the housekeeper can just start it. Commented Nov 11, 2018 at 15:08
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    IMO there is a difference between "washing the dishes (daily) as a matter of personal hygiene" (which I would certainly do) and "washing them to the standard I would expect to find when I first arrived at the accommodation" (which is somebody else's job).
    – alephzero
    Commented Nov 11, 2018 at 16:22

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In all apartment rental contracts I have ever read, it was mentioned you would be expected to wash the dishes you used, also on the last day.

Maybe high cost hotels have different rules, but where I rented they would not re-clean all dishes in an apartment. And I would not expect to leave dirty dishes on the side of the side of the sink.

Cleaning after you have left should be in the same range as a normal hotel room. That means that if you used a cup or glass just before leaving, you can leave that out. But not all the things used for cooking a dinner or cooked breakfast.


Of course it simply depends on the arrangement of that facility. But in general...

With most serviced apartments, there is a "departure cleaning fee". (Often this fee is quite high.)

{People often complain about this in relation to AirBnb for example...

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You should check if you will be paying one.

This is of course how they get the apartment spotless, for the next customer. So, when you entered the apartment, it would be no good if only the previous person cleaned-up! Naturally, the business cleaned the flat professionally for you before your arrival.

If you paid for a car wash, there would be little point in washing the car yourself; if you paid to have your hair cut, you wouldn't cut it first!

If you're paying a (often very high) "departure cleaning fee", then perhaps just tidy up.

Cleaning the dishes is no different from cleaning anything else in the flat. They have to completely rewash the dishes, so they are perfect for the next person, anyway. If you vacuum, clean the dishes, or clean the toilet, they have to do those things anyway.

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    It's also a liability. If the next guest gets sick, the landlord will be on hook. They can't call the previous guest back and hold them liable.
    – Nelson
    Commented Nov 12, 2018 at 6:26
  • This does not answer the question: "Should I wash dishes before leaving a serviced apartment?".
    – zaph
    Commented Nov 12, 2018 at 7:57
  • heh ok @zaph, I will further clarify the final sentence.
    – Fattie
    Commented Nov 12, 2018 at 8:44
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    The image you posted is unreadable, except for the headline. Commented Nov 12, 2018 at 13:29
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    I often rent a airbnb that has a rather complete set of dishes, glasses, pots and pans. There are over 30 dishes. To assume that they will all be washed after each rental—some rentals for only a day or two—is far fetched. Wash the dishes that are used, it is not that much trouble.
    – zaph
    Commented Nov 13, 2018 at 8:09

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