Check your tenancy agreement
Most housing contracts have a moving out procedure, make sure you check yours and follow all the requirements.
Check your inventory
Your landlord will have provided an inventory of the property at the start of your tenancy, make note of any damages or changes to make sure you aren’t charged for damages you didn’t cause.
Let your landlord or agency know when you are moving out
Find out who will be the last person in the property, and contact your landlord or agency to let them know when you will be leaving. Arrange for them to do a final check before you move out to make sure everything is in order.
Take photos of the property
Before you move out, take time-stamped photos of your property to show the condition you are leaving it in.
Check your meters, cancel any contracts and pay your bills
If you pay your own bills, take final meter readings as you move out to make sure you don’t end up paying for the next tenant’s bills. Ensure all your bills have been paid up until the date you are leaving and make sure all your bills companies are aware of when you are moving out.
Have your post forwarded
The Royal Mail have a post redirection service, you can use this to make sure all your post is send to your new address.
Deep clean your property before you move out, it needs to be in the same condition as it was when you moved it. Make sure to defrost the fridge and freezer, clean the oven and clean the carpets, as these are often forgotten.
It’s your responsibility to dispose of your rubbish and to clear all rubbish from the property when you leave, including food and any of your belongings. Make sure your bins are emptied as you can be charged for anything left in the property once you leave.
To ensure you get your deposit back in full, you will need to have completed to above steps and returned your keys. Your landlord or agency is responsible for returning your deposit, and if there are no issues it should be returned to you within 10 days of the end of your tenancy.
If you have any issues or queries during the moving out process, you can contact the Advice Centre who offer help and advice for students.