You have decided it is time to move out of your rental property. Below, we tell you the steps you need to take to end your tenancy and give you advice on how to ensure your move out runs smoothly and how to reduce the risk of losing your deposit.

How do I end my tenancy?

Firstly, you’ll need to give us at least four weeks’ notice in writing before your official move out date. Please send an email stating the property address and the date you would like to leave. You will then need to contact the office so we can arrange a time for your move out.

Preparing to move out

If you’re moving out of a rental property, our advice is to leave it as you found it. Landlords accept that there will be an element of wear and tear during any normal residential tenancy. However, if it's anything more than a reasonable amount, you could see deductions from your deposit. Our lettings expert Karon Murphy gives her top 10 tips on making the moving out experience as pleasant as possible for both landlords and tenants:

1. Refresh your memory

Have a read through your inventory check-in report and refresh your memory about the condition of the property when you first moved in. Tenants renting through LPS can find their inventory check-in report under the 'Documents' tab in My Area or email us to provide a copy.

2. Rearrange furniture

If you’ve moved furniture around, be sure to return all items of furniture to the original room – the inventory check-in report will also help with this if you can't remember. This will help to avoid claims for missing items that are simply in a different room.

3. Clean up

All areas of the property need to be cleaned to the same standard they were in when you first moved in. This includes the likes of ovens, fridge freezer (get defrosting), mattresses, carpets and windows! Moving out can be stressful enough, so think about calling a professional cleaning service in if you have the budget. Leave the property as you would like to move into it!

4. Unwanted items

Don’t just leave unwanted items behind, as you might be charged for the cost of disposal. Check the original inventory check-in report to be sure what needs to stay in the property, and arrange to pack and move, or dispose, of anything you own.

5. Off the wall

Minor scuffs or marks could count as wear and tear, but if you’ve made holes in the walls by hanging pictures or TVs, then you are responsible for returning the walls back to their original condition.

6. Break the mould

Mould in the bathrooms is usually due to condensation. There are lots of mould cleaning products available and we even have a video that tells you the best way to remove mould!

7. Check Lightbulbs

If bulbs in light sockets were in full working order when you moved in, they also need to be working when you move out.

8. The great outdoors

Any private outdoor space, like a garden, terrace or balcony, also needs to look like it did when you moved in. Mow the lawns, trim shrubs appropriately and remove any unwanted furniture you brought to the property. Gardens are the responsibility of tenants during your time living there.

9. Key change

All sets of keys, security fobs, parking permits and utility cards need to be returned to us as these can be difficult and expensive to replace. Make sure these are returned on the last day of your tenancy as anything later could mean you are liable to pay additional rent.

10. Utilities

Use the checklist below to make sure all your utilities are taken care of:

  • Take a photo of the meters as you walk out the door. Contact the utility companies to give them your final readings and pay any balance owing
  • Close your council tax account and pay any balance owing
  • Notify TV Licensing about your change of address
  • Re-direct your post with Royal Mail

What happens on the day I move out?

We will arrange a move out inspection with you on the day that you are leaving. At this time, you must return all other sets of keys, including post box keys, fobs and permits, to the agent that deals with your move out.

Will I be charged for anything?

We’ll only charge you if there is anything for us to clear, if we need to carry out work that was your responsibility or if you had fallen into arrears. You will find more details on this in your contract.

It’s always better to speak to us in advance if you think there any issues that may affect your move out. We will hopefully be able to find a solution that suits all involves parties. 

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