Cleaning and Maintenance

Residents of Columbia Residential must maintain satisfactory sanitation and safety standards in their unit. Resident rooms, common areas and apartments must be kept clean and clutter-free. Common areas in apartment shares and dorms cannot be used for storage. Trash and recycling must be appropriately discarded on a regular basis.

Violation of this policy may result in fines, cleaning charges (minimum $200), or loss of eligibility for housing.


Columbia Residential Cleaning Guidelines 
Common Areas  

Living Room/ Hallways Corridors: 

  • Keep all floors and surfaces clear; avoid clutter, spills and grime
  • Sweep and vacuum the floors regularly
  • Dust/clean all hard surfaces like furniture, windowsills, and vacuum any soft furniture like couches or chairs. 
  • Any furniture, bookcases, shoe racks, etc. in the common area are to be shared equally among residents. 


  • Wipe down cabinets, drawers, countertops, stovetop, and all other kitchen appliances
  • Dispose of expired food and leftovers 
  • Sweep and mop the floors, including in tight spots like under the stove and the space between the refrigerator and counters/walls 
  • Dispose of trash regularly; all trash should be brought to your building’s trash area at least once per week 
  • Clear out an even share of the space in the kitchen cabinets and refrigerator, which must be equally shared with roommates 


  • Scrub and wipe down the sink and around the faucet
  • Scrub and disinfect the toilet, both inside and out
  • Clean the shower and/or tub thoroughly
  • Mop or Swiffer the floors 
  • All space must be equally shared with roommates