Advice on how to gently encourage my soon-to-be former tenant to clean her very messy apartment, so that it will be attractive to prospective renters?
My tenant is leaving at the end of the month, but she has not yet begun to pack - which is not a big deal, I just want to make clear that the mess is not a result of moving madness. She has always been a very messy tenant, with lots and lots of clutter everywhere - clothing, beauty and grooming supplies, papers, empty containers, etc.
These are NOT photos of the actual rooms, but the last several photos here
(of dorm rooms) illustrate the level of messiness that we're talking about.
I have not cared in the past as there don't seem to be any pest or vermin problems as a result of the untidiness, but now I've advertised the apartment and have shown it several times to prospective renters. None have showed any interest after seeing the place, which is a marked difference from my past experience renting it - the first two tenants (including current tenant) loved it and signed a lease immediately. But it was empty in the first instance, and very clean in the second.
I always give her at least 24 hours notice. The first time she straightened up a little (a very little) but since then she's not made any effort. She's in grad school and is busy, which I totally understand. I don't want to embarrass or stress her out, but is there any way to encourage her to tidy up?
There is nothing in the lease that discusses this. I have pretty much resigned myself to waiting until she's gone to clean and show the place, but I'm hoping that there's some approach to this that I'm overlooking. Thanks.