When moving out of a rental property, you’re certainly looking to the future – a new environment, new housemates, maybe a home of your very own – but before succumbing to excitement, it’s really important to consider how to vacate the property you’re renting.
With a rented property, it’s important to ensure that moving out is a smooth process, free of conflict and anxiety. To achieve this, ensure compliance with all your responsibilities, provide your landlord with appropriate notice and leave the property in great condition.
Here’s a handy checklist so that you can avoid overlooking the important details when moving out, and maintaining good terms with your landlord.
Before packing the house away, it makes sense to get your paperwork all in order, and you’ll need to gather and review the following:
Educate yourself on the correct process for concluding your tenancy and cancelling or transferring utility bills and insurance (confirming whether now would be a good time to switch providers to save money). Take final meter readings, too.
Your landlord has the legal right to use your deposit money for any unpaid charges and bills, so make sure all utility accounts are clear when you move out.
Most rental contracts require the tenant to provide a written notification to the property owner one month before moving out of the rental. Include a declaration of the good condition of the rental property, the date of your move, and your new address. Additionally, request to have your tenancy deposit returned.
You’re required to return the property in the same condition as it was when you moved in, so inspect the home for any damage you may have caused during your tenancy. Normal wear and tear is expected and acceptable, but you’re responsible for repairing holes and marking on the walls you’ve made for hanging pictures and re-grout the bathroom. If you’ve been permitted to paint the walls, they must be returned to their original colour. Lighting fixtures and kitchen appliances should all be functioning properly.
Whatever you do, DON’T leave the cleaning until the last minute. The likelihood is that you won’t have left yourself enough time to complete all jobs to the required standard, and it’ll mean you dread the move rather than enjoy it.
As long as you’re thorough and follow the proper protocol, there is no need for you to worry about vacating your rented home. Allow yourself plenty of time, and good luck on your next adventure!