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Six expensive mistakes to avoid when moving out of a rental flat
Posted by Ed on 17 April 2018
Moving out of your current rental property? Before you crack open the champagne and start planning your housewarming party for your new home, check you have said goodbye to your last rental property.

Here are a few tips on how to save you money when moving out:

1. TELL PEOPLE YOU'RE MOVING

Ensure you are letting the relevant people know you’re moving out, the obvious ones are your bank, your credit card providers, your employer, your utility providers and the council.

2. REDIRECT YOUR MAIL

For added peace of mind use a mail redirection service. Royal Mail charges start from £33.99 for three months and take just five days to set up.

You can apply at the post office or online from three months before to six months after you move.

If you can’t afford to set up this service, make sure your landlord, neighbours and new tenants know your new address so they can forward any post to you.

3. CLEAN THE FLAT

If the property isn’t left in the exact same condition it was in when you moved in, then money can be deducted from your deposit.

The simplest way to avoid this is to pay a firm for an end-of-tenancy clean. This may even be a requirement in your contract, so you must check.

When the cleaners finish, make sure you take photos of their hard work. That way, if cleaning concerns do arise, it will be easier to take them up with the cleaning firm rather than have it affect your deposit.

Give the place a good clean and send photos of your cleaned flat to your landlord. Remember, your aim is to return the flat in the state you found it, nothing more, nothing less.

If you’re worried about being charged for pre-existing marks, resend your check-in photos to your landlord to remind them of the flat’s condition when you moved in.

4. INITIATE THE RETURN OF YOUR DEPOSIT

Either the tenant or landlord can start the repayment process at any time after the property is vacated. Once the process begins, if the repayment is agreed, it will all be paid straight away,

5. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS ON WEAR AND TEAR

Landlords can’t deduct money for ‘reasonable wear and tear’ such as a carpet that has gradually worn away.

If you’ve lived in the property for many years, the landlord should expect the property to be more worn than a property occupied for just six months.

If you think any proposed deductions from your deposit are unreasonable, ask for an explanation in writing and respond.

6. SETTLE YOUR BILLS

As you wave goodbye to your old rental property, take photos of your energy meters before ringing your utility providers with their final readings.

That way you will ensure you don’t pay a penny more than you owe. Other bills to remember are council tax and broadband.

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