what happens at the end of a tenancy

What happens at the end of a tenancy?

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.

Getting accustomed to moderate to exceptional drought in the US

“Climate change is real and really dangerous,” warned the Huffington Post.

The severe drought across much of the U.S. proved stubborn once again during the past week as nearly four-fifths of the country was in some form of drought. And the area of the lower 48 states affected by moderate to exceptional drought expanded slightly, hitting a high for the year, according to data released Thursday morning. [Climate Central]

… moderate to exceptional drought covered a new high of 64.16 percent of the lower 48 states as of September 11….

… just 21.47 percent of the lower 48 states was drought free, which is down from 56.53 percent at the same time in 2011.

The drought is the worst to strike the U.S. since the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s and lengthy droughts of the 1950s. It came on suddenly and largely without warning, and although the main trigger was most likely a La Niña event in the tropical Pacific Ocean, the drought was exacerbated by extremely hot temperatures during the spring and summer. July, for example, was the hottest month on record in the U.S., and the summer was the third-hottest on record, narrowly losing out to 2011 and 1936. Climate studies have shown that the odds of severe heat waves are increasing due to manmade climate change.

OWS Movement

This puts the climate change movement in something of a quandary. Should we largely ignore the OWS Movement and continue with climate change activism as before? Simply abandon the climate issue for the time being in the hope that OWS will lead to changes that make dealing with climate politically easier? Try to do both?

Pursuing our own agenda will almost certainly mean we are marginalized and ignored by the mainstream and the bulk of the progressive movement. Throwing our lot in with the OWS Movement means the climate issue gets framed within the terms of that struggle, which is limiting to the point of being almost useless.

Granted Klein discusses the need for a far more fundamental agenda than is currently being articulated, one that would indeed put us on the right course to deal with climate change meaningfully. However, the bulk of her speech is about comparing OWS to the anti-globalization protests of a decade ago with observations about what mistakes were made then and how they might be avoided now. Perfectly legitimate and needed, but hardly a speech about climate change action.

Klein’s title is quite correct in that it isdown to us – the 99%.” The powers that be have demonstrated all too clearly that they will not take any meaningful action on climate change until it is far too late, if then. However, absent from the article is any discussion of what it is that we 99% are going to do. Not that it would be possible to articulate that in one short Guardian piece, but the fact is that it is left totally in the air.

Is it the premise that the occupations will lead to meaningful change, and if so, how exactly? Insomuch as the occupations do not seem to be connected to critiquing the amount of wealth we get by destroying the Earth (or the Developing World),exactly what change are we expecting? Realistically, at best the occupations may lead to some reforms in some mechanisms of wealth distribution within parts of the Industrialised North, but that’s probably about it. As such simply throwing our lot in with the OWS Movement does not seem a viable option.

So what are we, the 99% who must take up the task of actually solving the climate change crisis, to do?

Occupy Madrid: By JoeInSouthernCA

It seems to me that notwithstanding my apparent critique, the Occupy movement offers an opportunity as well as a challenge. As ever, the important task of educating the broader public, including our fellow progressives, about the realities of the climate crisis remains paramount.

The Occupy Movement is an opportunity to educate our fellow activists about those realities, as well as make ourselves available to be educated. To form meaningful alliances and coalitions we have to truly understand the concerns and needs of the various social justice movements. We cannot hope for meaningful cooperation and coordination if we do not deeply appreciate what those communities need and want.

At all costs we must not attempt to simply use the Occupy Movement to try to co-opt other peoples issues. Our desire to integrate our causes into a realistic and meaningful strategic plan for social change must be a sincere one. To do that we must listen at least as much as we speak, if not more so.

We must also educate by example. We will earn their respect and attention when how we live moment to moment demonstrates how seriously we understand the immediacy of the climate crisis to be. Equally we must live our lives in accordance with what they have to teach us about their issues and concerns. That is the only thing that will convince them of our commitment to justice and equity, and that the issue of climate change is fundamentally about climate justice.