Clearing up after the celebrations finish
- 14th May 2014
- Renting Property News
Tips for students on their obligations when leaving a rental property this summer after the exam season.
As many student tenancies will soon be drawing to a close, now is a great time to start thinking about your obligations to the landlord before vacating your property.
Many students will be unaware of what is required. Stephen Ludlow, Chairman of Ludlow Thompson, says: “In order to avoid unnecessary payments it is a good idea to understand what your landlord expects of you before your lease ends.”
What to be aware of:
- Before you leave your house make sure you have given adequate notice to your landlord, to let them know you will be leaving. This is often 2 months and must be given in writing but it will say specifically in your tenancy agreement.
- If there has been any damage caused to the property it is best to inform your landlord as soon as possible. This way you will have more control over the cost of repairs.
- Make sure you have your property professionally cleaned, to ensure it is left in the same state that it was in when you moved in.
- Any outstanding payments owed to the landlord, be that rent or bills etc., should be settled before vacating the property. Even small fees owed can increase if they are not paid before your tenancy agreement ends.
- Keep a note of the inventory list that is taken on the day you moved in. Make sure all the items are still in the house on the day you move out and still in the same working condition. If there have been changes to items within the house make sure they are noted on your inventory list and agreed with the landlord.
- Check in your tenancy agreement if you are obliged to keep your garden maintained; if so make sure it has been kept to a similar standard to when you moved in.
Recent research shows that over half of disputes with landlords are the result of property damage and almost a third are caused by poor garden maintenance.
Avoid unnecessary payments by understanding what your landlord expects of you before your lease ends.
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