A Guide to Moving Out of a Rental Property

So it’s time for you to move out of your rental property. If this is your first experience doing so, you may not know where to start. If you’ve done it before, you may need a quick refresher. Whatever your situation may be, you’ll be able to learn how to move out of a rental below.

Quick Tip: If you’re moving out of one rental into another one, try to time it so that you won’t be paying double rent.

Provide Notice

The first step of moving out of a rental is to provide notice. The way and time of providing notice depends on your type of lease.

Month-to-month

When planning to move out of a rental, check your rental agreement to determine if you have to submit your notice on or before a specific day. If this is not included in your agreement, a good rule of thumb is a minimum of 30 days. This varies by state, so click here if you’d like to learn more about your states requirements.

Fix-termed lease

  • This lease is for a set amount of time, and the tenant is responsible for rent during the full time. If a tenant needs to leave early, they can try to negotiate with his or her landlord to break the lease. If the landlord agrees, the tenant should require that the terms are in writing.
  • If the landlord does not agree to break the lease, the tenant can consider subleasing or subletting their unit. (A new tenant would move in and pay original tenant rent. The original tenant would then pay the landlord.) There may be restrictions on subleasing the unit in the rental agreement, so it’s important to check that out before going forward with this option. It’s also important to get this approved by the landlord. Again, the tenant should have all of the terms and conditions in writing, along with signatures of the landlord, old tenant, and new tenant.

Once you’ve given proper notice, you’ll want to think about your move (date, moving company, etc.). Do some research on moving companies and check their availability. Also, if you are living in an apartment complex, visit the office to see if there are any restrictions on moving. Some places may require you to reserve the loading zone or elevator ahead of time.

Alert Service Providers

Another important step in moving out of a rental is alerting service providers (TV, internet, electric, etc.) of your move. Give your suppliers a heads up that you’re moving so that they can schedule final meter readings, transfer services, or anything else that they may need to do. Also provide them with your new address.

Give it a Face Lift

After everything is moved out, clean the unit and repair any damages that were caused. If you’re not sure what condition your unit should be left in, speak with your landlord. Once everything is cleaned and repaired, take photos of how you left the unit (these can be compared to photos at the beginning of your tenancy if taken). You should then schedule your final walk through with your landlord to ensure that there are no damages or issues that need attention. Check with your landlord on how/if you will be receiving your deposit.

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