I’ve written about the process I undertake when moving in new tenants. A landlord contacted me to ask what I do at the other end of the tenancy, when moving tenants out.
Just like the move-in, I use a checklist to ensure nothing gets forgotten. This includes taking final meter readings and a forwarding address for the tenants, so I can contact the utility providers who will send the outgoing tenants their final bills.
It’s then time to receive back the keys and check over the condition of the property. This is when it becomes so important to have a thorough inventory (with photos) in place at the start of the tenancy. My memory simply isn’t good enough to remember every imperfection that existed (sometimes years before)! It also ensures the process is fair to the tenants; providing proof of any discrepancies and ensuring that they aren’t made responsible for something that wasn’t due to them.
My top tip for landlords would be to visit the property two weeks before the move-out date to undertake a ‘pre-check’ with the tenants. This basically means inspecting the property and telling the tenants anything that might be an issue in regards to the full return of their security deposit.
Hopefully, they’ll then remedy any issues by the move-out appointment. This is good for me as I’ll be able to re-let it promptly without having to arrange repairs, and it’s good for the tenants as they won’t have monies deducted from their security deposit.
If there are any issues that remain when the tenants move-out (subject to fair wear and tear) this can then be pointed out to them and discussed in regards to the best way of resolving the issue. This is why I recommend tenants are present when checking the property; so any issues can be raised immediately and the course of action mutually agreed.
This process (including the ‘pre-check’) should ensure the tenants are aware of their responsibilities, are able to return the property in the required condition to receive most, if not all, of their security deposit back and it should minimise any void periods caused by having to put things right.
If you’re a landlord with properties in Chichester and like the sound of my hands-on approach to property management, please get in touch to see if I can help you.
Or if you’d like a copy of my ‘move-out checklist’ please contact me and I’ll be happy to send it to you free of charge.