After your lease has come to a conclusion and you decide it’s time for a new home, there are a few simple steps you need to follow which will help make your move stress free. You’re entitled to move anytime after your lease has ended, though if you need to move earlier, there’s always an option to break lease, though this can be an expensive option and doesn’t look great on your rental history.
So, first things first, you have to give your landlord written notice that you will be vacating the property. This is usually done around thirty days leading to the end of your lease and allows you to move out before the next rent cycle. Without giving a written notice to either your property manager or the landlord direct, you are still locked into the lease and required to pay rent. So, make sure before any moving, you have let everyone know that you’re moving out.
Once you’ve moved all your belongings from the home, make sure you organise for a professional cleaner to come by and give the place a thorough scrub. From steam cleaning carpets to wiping down the walls, you must give the property back to the owner in a similar condition to when you moved in. Yes, you can clean the property yourself, though you may leave yourself open if you don’t do a good enough job and there’s a possibility a portion of your bond may be held.
This leads us into the next stage, your bond. Once you have moved out and cleaned, the agent will come through and do a final condition report. So long as all goes well with the report, you should be in line to receive your bond back in full. If there are damages that are beyond general wear and tear, you will be charged for the remedy and the money is usually deucted from the bond.
Once you’ve got you bond back, don’t forget to disconnect all the services that are in your name. From electricity to water, make sure you notify the utility companies immediately and have everything disconnected. This will save you some unexpected bills later and create a straightforward connection for the next tenants.
The following advice is of a general nature and intended as an opinion and broad guide. For all legal, financial or real estate advice you should obtain independent professional advice to do with the specific nature of your circumstances before making any legal, financial or real estate decisions.