Whether you’re moving into your first rental or you’re moving from one rental to another, there are a number of things you need to tick off your to-do list before you can move. We’ve put together a helpful moving checklist you can follow for a smoother relocation.
Give your notice
Usually you need to give at least 28 day’s written notice that you intend to leave. This applies whether you’re nearing the end of your lease or if you’re on a month-to-month contract. You must leave within the notice period. If you don’t give notice correctly, you may have to pay rent even after you move out. This could last until the relevant notice period expires, or until a new tenant moves in.
Tell your fellow tenants
If you’re sharing the rental, inform your tenants of your decision to leave and when your last day will be. In a co-tenancy, you are all equally responsible for following the correct procedures when ending the lease. Follow the steps of notice and stick to your contract agreements to avoid any complications. Make sure your name has been removed from your lease once you’ve left.
Recover your bond
Talk to your landlord or agent and try to agree on the amount that needs to be returned. Assuming you have met the conditions of your lease, you should receive the full amount. To avoid any issues that may arise when you get to this stage:
- Check the property against the condition report from when you moved in
- Check any photos taken at the start of the tenancy
- Take photos when you leave
Remember, your bond cannot be used as your final rent payment.
Leave your property
Before you walk away and leave your old rental behind, there are a couple of things you need to tick off your checklist:
- If you’re not sharing the rent with others, tell your energy suppliers that you are leaving, and organise a final meter reading
- Update your address with your home phone, internet or pay TV providers
- Redirect your mail
- Organise a removalist company or very dedicated group of friends to help you on move day
- Remove your things from the rental before the cut off period. Your landlord will not be responsible for what happens to the things you leave behind
When you’re ready to move out of your rental, contact the expert removalists at Grace. We’ll work fast so you don’t have to worry about meeting your notice period. Contact us today for your free quote.