Moving is not pleasant. We all focus on where we are going, and the hardest part is making sure the place you vacate is in order. Here are some handy tips and a checklist from a property management company’s perspective on what is required of tenants.
And remember, it is not just about getting your bond back, but also about the referral you will get to support future applications to rent.
Make sure you give one-month’s written notice to your landlord or agent. Determine the specific date you plan to move out, and stick to it. Plan to have the property you are leaving in the same condition in which you found it, two days before your moving date.
Schedule final inspection:
Make a date with your landlord or agent to have a final inspection. This is when you will hand back the keys. Make sure you will be present. Print a bond refund form to take with you, and have it signed by your landlord or agent.
Arrange the date for disconnecting utilities that are in your name. Take a dated photo of meter readings when you vacate the property to keep for your record. If the water meter is not in your name the landlord should take a reading no later than the day after you moved out, and verify the reading with you. Your payment will be pro rata and you should get a copy of the bill.
Cleaning of the property:
This is where disputes may arise, so take care, and make sure you are not in the wrong. What does “clean” and “fair wear and tear” mean?
It means when you moved in, an entry report was compiled and now that you move out a final inspection report will be completed. These two reports should show the same results. Fair wear and tear means that if you stayed for ten years, the carpets might be a bit worn-out in high traffic areas. The same applies to other time-related deterioration.
Find your original entry report and use it as guideline. Make use of professional cleaning services, especially when it comes to carpets. Ask your agent or landlord if they can recommend a reputable company. They might arrange a better deal for you, and you know they will be happy with the service provided. It might cost you, but it will save you time and money in the end.
Take photos after the property was cleaned. Again make sure they are dated for your records. Tick the boxes on your own property report.
Pay the rent to the last day:
Your rent should be paid up to the last day of your stay. Confirm the amount with your landlord or agent. Cancel any debit orders, or direct payments, if applicable.
Returning the keys:
Return the keys on your final inspection and resolve any issues if need be. Make sure you get a receipt for the keys. Sign the bond refund form to be lodged with Office of Rental Bonds, if applicable.
Happy moving, may you never look back. For a detailed checklist of item conditions and the nitty gritty of cleaning, visit Baxton online.
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