It’s a question that most tenants will eventually ask themselves. What happens at the end of my tenancy? There are so many things to consider, like what you need to do to prepare for your move out and how much notice is required. This blog post will guide you through the process and answer some common questions about what happens at the end of a tenancy.
The first thing to remember is that usually two months’ notice is required before moving on from your rental property. It pays to get organised well in advance by notifying your landlord as soon as possible if you’re planning on vacating your home or apartment in less than three months (two weeks) time – this can be done either verbally or in writing via email, text message, or a letter.
What do I need to do to prepare for my move out?
Most property managers require all tenants (including pets) to vacate the property by noon on the last day of tenancy and return the keys in person or via post upon vacating to avoid access complications prior to settlement. It is wise not to leave your home/unit in an untidy state, as some landlords charge up to $100 per room if rental premises are left ‘untidy’ at end of lease – this includes leaving dirt, dust and food stuffs within cupboards and other places that are easily visible. Remember you are charged for cleaning done after moving out so it pays off more if you clean your place thoroughly before handing over.
Arrangements should be made for the return of keys and the deposit.. The one-week notice period should also be allowed for cleaners to do a final clean and any other outstanding maintenance.
The rental property may need to be cleaned before it can be re-rented. A professional cleaner is normally used by the landlord/agent (landlord) or the tenant’s costs are reimbursed at the end of tenancy by the deposit, which may run into hundreds. Although an agent might charge a flat fee of $100 regardless of how many rooms in your house will take up most if not all hours of that day. In this case some tenants have found that a small tip for staff members improves their attitude quite dramatically.
Checklist for tenants moving out
To make moving out as seamless as possible and to ensure your deposit is returned promptly take a look at this checklist. You should always confront your checklist with your landlord’s version, to make sure that you cover all the points.
– Clean the premises fully – you can deduct cleaning costs from your deposit
– Ensure that all fixtures and fittings are in good order before moving out
– Check the condition of flooring, walls, doors and windows to ensure that they have been left in the same state as when you moved in
– Make sure any damages caused by tenant or resident are repaired before you move out. If not made good at lower cost prior to your leaving it is recommended notifying landlord / agent of defect (according to lease)
– Keep open communication with your landlord regarding moving out details including the return of the deposit.
– Return keys to landlord / agent, if you don’t know where they are then try using a keyometer.
– Record meter readings within the property and sign for them upon handing over.
– Ensure your tenancy agreement is signed and given to tenant on move out. This will help prevent charges being applicable from the Landlord/Agent (i.e Cleaning costs) if not informed of defects found at tenants inspection that weren’t previously notified by yourself prior to moving out.
– If any part of the accommodation was in good repair when you moved in, but is now damaged or in poor condition, inform your landlord as soon as possible after moving out so that they can arrange repairs before making a claim against your deposit
-Ensure rent and all other charges and utilities are paid in full. If you leave owing money to your landlords or anyone else, they will be entitled to claim this from any deposit that is due to you.
-Check with the landlord or agent who should receive your final rent payment and when
-Ask for a forwarding address so that you can send it on. Most Landlords/Agents will want your rent paid in advance of the end of a tenancy. So ensure arrangements are made at least one month prior to moving out
-If the landlord wants your keys back, he must tell you within 14 days (or seven clear days). Any request later than this is invalid and if there is no agreement over when keys should be returned, the tenant does not have to return them.