Broom Clean Information

When you move out of your room, please make sure to leave it in a “broom clean” condition; an industry standard in residential facilities management. This means:

  • all personal items have been removed from the room, bathroom, common areas, and the hallway outside your door & the refrigerator, microwave, oven and freezer have been emptied;
  • all cabinets, dressers, closets have been emptied
  • all trash has been removed from the room/suite/apartment and disposed of properly.

Want to know more about what Broom Clean is? Check out this video or these pictures!

Not Broom Clean

Still have questions?  Your Resident Advisors or House Managers are on hand for assistance.

Please submit a FIXit request today for any maintenance concerns in the room. Note: Submitting a FIXit request prior to spring move-out for a damaged item in your room DOES NOT mean you will not be charged for those damages. Students who wish to take responsibility for causing damage to their room should either email their RA, RD, or AC or email GW Housing at [email protected] with their name, building, room number, a picture of the item they damaged, and a statement taking responsibility for the damage. If you are concerned that you will be billed for damage that was not your responsibility, please reach out to your RA, RD, or AC.

Any student who does not return their key(s) at the time of check-out will be assessed a $150 re-core charge. Keys cannot be returned by mail.

Once all residents have moved out, rooms will be inspected a final time and fees may be assessed and placed on your student account for the following:

  • damage to the room beyond normal wear-and-tear
  • not leaving the room in broom clean condition
  • not returning room or mailbox keys

ANY Fees incurred WILL BE PLACED ON YOUR STUDENT ACCOUNT as follows:

  • $250 per resident fee for additional cleaning*
  • $150 fine for improper checkout fee (charged to any student who has not moved out by noon on May 16, 2018 and is not approved for extended stay housing)
  • $150 per key for missing or unreturned room and mailbox keys
  • Charges for damages to the room are assessed based upon the extent of the damage and is divided by the number of residents assigned to the space
  • If a room has damages, the cost for repairing that damage will be split equally between the roommates unless one person takes responsibility for that damage

*The broom clean charge is a per student fine, it is not the cost of removing items and cleaning the room.

Students will be notified by mid-June via their GW email address if any move-out charges have been assessed.

As students are cleaning and packing, please consider taking advantage of our Green Move-Out program in May, which provides students an opportunity to donate their unwanted items to non-profit organizations in the DC area. 


Appeal Process

For students who are assessed a damage charge or broom clean fine, there is an appeal process:

  • All students who wish to appeal a charge must appeal individually, one student cannot appeal on behalf of an entire room.
  • Appeals based solely on the fact that a student was not the last person to move-out of the room will not be granted.
  • Students should utilize their RA, RD, or AC to record any issues within their space that they do not believe they are responsible for prior to leaving. NOTE: Requesting staff to record this information does not guarantee that you will not be charged.

All communication regarding move-out charges will be sent to your GW email account.