If you are moving out of a rented property then things are definitely on the up. Making a fresh start in a home that you can finally call your own is a dream come true. The last thing on your mind is worrying about a rented property when you are now focused on a new life, new friends and a new property that you can call home.
However before you close the door to your rented property for the last time, we suggest you follow these tips on the things to do when moving out of a rented property, this guide will make sure you can leave your rented property for good, with out receving any fines from your private land lord or letting agents. When leaving the property you will want things to go to plan, so the rented property will need to be left in a clean and tidy condition and your land lord or letting agents will need enough notice that you are leaving.
Moving out is never easy, this guide is all you need to ensure you dont miss out on the most important things when leaving your rental property, so you can easily get back your holding deposit (usually 1 months rent worth £700) and leave on good terms with your land lord and agents.
This guide will give you tips on the cheapest ways you can move out of your rented home in to the new one, how to make the move go smoothly and how you can save money when moving to your new place. Look at this moving home checklist for extra tips.
Read through your tenancy agreement
The most important things to do when leaving a rented property is to carefully read through your tenancy agreement to find out how your agents want you to cancel and leave. Read the small print so that you know all the rules and regulations regarding the moving out process. The repairs, the bills and utility transfers may differ depending on the type of agreement you have, for example week to week rental or month to month.
Your tenancy agreement will state when you should notity your land lord or letting agents this is usually up to a month.
Give enough notice to your agents
Before leaving your rented property it is vital that you provide the legal means of notice to your agents. If you dont you may be charged for rent once you have left, you may be charge for bills like council tax. So its important to stick to the rules and regulations of your tenancy agreement.
It is your responsibility to ensure that the property is returened in the same condition when you first moved in. All furniture amd fixtures must be in the correct rooms and in working order. Your agents will provide a inventory to you listing all the furniture inside the property and the condition of property when you move in. You will need this inventory as a guide so you can repair things that you have damaged whist living in the property.
Do a full inspection and fix damages
Your agents will expecpt normal wear and tear, but your expected to repair holes in the walls from pictures, scrapes on the floors or walls and paint the rooms to their original colours. Fix any kitchen draws or cupboards that have been damaged and ensure everything is in working order.
Notify your utility providers your moving out
You will need to notify your utility companies that you will be moving out of your rented property. The last thing you need is for some one eles to move in and your the one that is still being billed for utilities you have not used. Here are some of the utility companies you may need to notify Gas, Water, Electric, Council tax and Subscriptions.
Pay off any outstanding bills
Before moving out of your rented property it is vital that you pay off any due fees. Your deposit may be used by your agents to cover any fees that have not been paid or any damages to the property that need carrying out. Depending on whether your agents have utilities included with in your tenancy agreement you may need to cancel all your gas, water, t.v, broadband services once you have left the property.
Be sure to take meter readings before leaving. This will give you the exact readings so you can make a record of the day the tenancy agreement ends.
Take all belongings with you
When moving out of a rented property you will need to make sure you check high and low to ensure nothing of yours is left behind. Your agents will use your deposit money to pay for the disposal of any furniture left behind.
Depending on the amount of furniture, belongings and items you have to move, will depend on whether you would need to hire a professional removal company. The more furniture have, the more your move will cost.
You will need to decide whether you would like to dismantle, reassemble and pack your own belongings or whether you like to hire the pros to get things done quickly. You will need to order removal boxes and packaging materials that can work out to be expensive but are perfect for keeping items safe. Your movers will help with all of your packaging needs. These are just a few of the things you will need to organize when moving out of a rented property.
Clean the property thoroughly
Your landlord or letting agents are going to expect the property to be given back in a clean and tidy condition or the same condition as when you fisrt moved in. This means you may need to clean the entire property from top to bottom, sometimes even painting rooms that you have previously decorated or change colour.
Remember to clean carpets, mattresses, curtains, walls, take down pictures, check draws, cupboards, attic, garden and shed to be sure that nothing is left behind
Keep proof of all the work you have done
To avoid conflicts with your landlord or letting agents it is important that you take pictures and videos as proof of the work you have done to the property. Always take photos or videos once the property has been cleared of all furniture. Keep all your receipts, documents and even packaging just incase their are any disputes.
Taking images and videos will act as concrete defence to any despute with your agents that may jeopardise you getting your full deposit back.
How to get back your holding deposit
When moving out of a rented property it is your legal right to request your holding deposit back in full. You may find it difficult to get your deposit if you have not kept to the tenancy agreement or the property is left with a lot if work to be done.
Landlords and letting agents may request that you forward in writing to obtain your holding deposit. They will have 3 – 4 weeks to respond to your letter.
If you dont get a responce you may need to take your case to a county court, where you can provide all your reasons as to why you should get your deposit.