There are a few basics that you need to keep with to have a smooth transition from moving out of your rental property to your next home. Outside of the obvious, packing and removalist duties, you must remember to take the following steps.
First things first, give your agent and landlord notice that you’re moving out. So long as you are on a month-to-month lease, the notice period is usually between fourteen to twenty-eight days prior to the last day of your tenancy. Though lease agreements may differ from agent to agent so be sure to cross check the notice period. On the other hand, if you’re still in your lease agreement and have to break lease, you still must notify your landlord and the agent. The likely course of action here is the agent will immediately begin looking for a new tenant. Until the new tenant is in place, you will have to keep paying the rent as per the agreement. In most cases you will be charged the advertising costs to market the property.
Make sure you clean up. The agent will always take in to consideration general wear and tear on a property, though give the property a thorough clean and fix any minor or major damages that have occurred in the property while you have been leasing it. You will have to take all items away from the property unless otherwise agreed by the landlord and you may have to have the property professionally cleaned upon your exit if that was in your agreement.
So long as you have looked after the property, you should be in line to take back your entire bond. The agent will perform a final inspection of the property upon your departure and will make notes of any damages beyond general wear and tear and pass them to the owner. At the owner’s discretion, they may withhold a part of your bond to pay for damages. Also, if you are in arrears with your rent, that portion will be taken from your bond. If there is a disagreement that cannot be resolved, the landlord may apply for a hearing at VCAT within ten business days from the end of your tenancy.
Your final step would be to remember to disconnect your utilities. It’s funny, but this is one more people than you think, forget to do. In most cases the utility companies can rectify the situation and have the charges past to the new tenant or the landlord. Though in some cases they will expect you to pay for it. Save yourself the countless hours on the phone and remember to disconnect everything that is under your name.
If you follow these four basic steps, you should have a smooth transition to what is already a stressful time. It’s very easy to forget the simple things we must do, so try to remind yourself to do act immediately and pre-book everything for the day you’re moving out.
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.