Moving out of a rental property can be a stressful experience, not only are you trying to set up your new property but you have obligations to return the old property in good condition to have your bond refunded.
Here are some hints and tips to make sure you can move out from a rental property in a smooth and hassle-free manner.
Look at the lease agreement
The first thing to look at when planning to vacate a rental property is your lease agreement. Terms include how much notice to give when moving out and all the rules that you must follow regarding maintenance and utility transfers. All lease agreements are unique, and you need to consult your lease agreement about what is expected of you in such a scenario.
Clean the property and fix issues
If you want your deposit back and an A1 rental reference from your property manager, it is imperative to clean the property and fix any damage that has occurred during the tenancy and to hand over the property in its original condition. Get a copy of the original Property Condition Report that you filled in when you moved into the property and make sure this reflects the condition the property is in when you hand it over to your property manager.
Pay all the utility bills
Ensure that you notify suppliers to disconnect services the day after moving out and connect at your new address the day you move in there. Redirect your mail and don’t forget to book your carpet cleaning and pest spray (if pets were kept at the property)
Take all your belongings out of the property
As the tenant, it is your responsibility to empty the property. This means you must take all your household items and furniture with you when you leave. Ensure that the property is left with only the items that were given to you by your landlord.
Attend the final inspection
It is a good idea to attend the final inspection when the property manager is conducting the moving out inspection. This will give you both the opportunity to sort out issues in a timely manner. Once your property manager is satisfied with the condition of the property, there shouldn’t be an issue getting your bond back.