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Moving out

Most tenants remain in their private accommodation until the end of their tenancy. If you wish to move out earlier you will have to negotiate with your landlord and housemates and refer to the terms of your tenancy agreement. It is best to seek advice before you move out to make sure you won't remain liable for rent.
 
If you are coming to the end of your tenancy agreement and you wish to leave you should write to your landlord at least one calendar month before the end of the tenancy to advise them that you do not wish to renew the contract or remain in the property. If you wish to remain in the property and your landlord has not issued you with a notice, check with the landlord that they are happy for you to remain in the property on a 'statutory periodic basis'.
 
Planning your exit should help you to get you deposit back promptly. It is much easier if you start to clean and clear the property early rather than doing it all at the last minute. Start by giving notice before your last rent payment and use the last month in the property to get your affairs in order.

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Clearing out
  • Check your inventory and check everything is still there - remember replacements are on a like for like basis, not new for old
  • Put unwanted, broken items in with your household waste for collection
  • Recycle as much as possible, check with your local council for details of their recycling schemes and if they can pick up any other unwanted items
  • Take any unwanted clothes, shoes, and bric-a-brac to local charity shops or if suitable sell them on ebay. If you haven't used the item in the past year chances are you never will
  • Check if your local Salvation Army or church will take donations of unopened food (within its sell by date), especially tins, pasta and rice
  • Try selling any unwanted books and CDs
  • Check if new tenants want anything you are getting rid of and confirm arrangements by email/letter and ensure the landlord knows them
Cleaning up
  • Clean the windows and make sure the garden is tidy if you have one
  • Start to clean the bathroom, kitchen and communal areas of the house, including inside the oven and fridge
  • When cleaning, move the furniture to clean behind it
Your last day
  • Switch off the utilities, read the meters and inform the various companies
  • Cancel any telephone and broadband accounts
  • Give your bank/building society your new details
  • Claim any refund that is due at TV Licensing
  • Let the DVLA know you are changing address
  • Organise your post to be redirected
  • Cover final payments from your house bank account (if you have one) and share any remaining cash appropriately among you
  • Check contact details for each of your housemates to make subsequent communication easier
  • Lock all the windows and doors and return the keys to the landlord or agent
  • Take photographs of the house and rooms when you leave
  • Contact the tenancy deposit scheme and let them know you have left
Getting your deposit back
  • Your deposit should be returned within 10 days, subject to any deductions for damage or non-payment of rent
  • All deductions ought to be explained in writing by your landlord and should be reasonable
  • If there is a dispute, the tenancy deposit scheme will have a free dispute resolution service. Be aware that both you and your landlord must agree to use this and their decision will be final.
  • Get in touch with the Advice & Guidance Team if there is an issue with your deposit being returned.
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