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What do you need to do when Moving out of your Landlord’s Property

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Tenants moving out of a rented property must notify their landlord at least 28 days before the date they intend to leave. This is neccessary in order for the landlord to re-let the property and not have any issues with the deposit they may hold.

What To Do Before Moving Out Of A Landlord's Property?
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You should also make sure that you clean the property thoroughly when you leave. It is not enough to just empty your drawers and cupboards and leave, as your landlord may take this as a way of saying that you have cleaned it all yourself.

You should clean both the inside and outside of the property, including windows, paintwork, carpets etc. The only thing that is acceptable to leave dirty is usually an oven, as these can be very difficult to clean thoroughly after each use.

However, if there are any faults with it then you should clean it properly before you leave.

Also make sure that we return all fixtures and fittings to their original state if possible, or given back to your landlord if they were originally theirs (such as carpets or curtains).

If any furniture receives damage during your tenancy then make sure you repair it before moving out (or ask your landlord if they will do so).

Your Deposit Returned in Full – What is my Landlord’s Obligation?

Before Moving Out, Get Deposit Back
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Before moving out, if you have paid a deposit, it is very important that you get your deposit back in full. Your landlord must protect the deposit in one of three ways:

In a government-backed tenancy deposit scheme (like our TDS) In a bank or building society account In a regulated scheme that protects your deposit (such as one run by an Ombudsman)

Your landlord has to return your deposit within 10 days of the end of your tenancy. This will include any interest it has accrued.

They should also give you an itemised list of deductions they have made from the deposit and provide you with information on how they have protected it during your tenancy.

If they do not return the full amount then they may be breaking the law and you can take legal action against them.

However we always recommend that tenants take this route first as there are many cases where landlords don’t realise that they are required to protect deposits or that there are deductions from them which are illegal.

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