UK Easy Rental Advice
Rent a Room
|MOVE OUT - Rented Room or Bedsit|
First and foremost, decide upon the exact date when you want to leave and inform your landlord, either verbally, or better still, in writing. Remember, when you first moved in the landlord will have told you the minimum amount of notice you must give if you intend to leave. If you give your landlord too little notice, be prepared to lose part or all of your deposit. If the landlord has given you notice to leave, he will inform you of the latest date when you should leave by. You may leave on an earlier date if you wish, but you will usually be expected to pay rent up until the date that the landlord has chosen. At some point you will need to agree on a mutually convenient time of day for leaving. You may want to leave at 2 o'clock in the morning, but this is unlikely to be very popular with the landlord, so come to a sensible agreement and stick to it.
During this final period it is a good idea to clean and tidy your room so that on the leaving date it has been returned to the state it was in when you moved in. Don't leave this job until the very last moment. Do the job properly and hopefully your landlord will have no reason to deduct any cleaning cost from your deposit.
If you know your new address you should forward this address to all interested parties.
Never assume that you will be able to return to your old address, after you have moved out, for the purpose of picking up wrongly addressed mail.
And never ask the landlord to re-address your mail and send it to your new address.
Dealing with redirecting your personal mail is not the responsiblity of your old landlord.
It is your responsiblity.
On the leaving day you must return all keys to your landlord. If you have lost your room key the landlord will charge you for a replacement. For security reasons, if you have lost your front door key the landlord will be quite within his rights to charge you for replacing the front door lock. These charges will be extracted from your deposit. Make sure that the room is clean and tidy and remove all your personal possessions from the building. If you have a lot of personal luggage, make sure that you can remove it as quickly as possible. If necessary book a taxi or arrange for a friend, or friends, to help you. It is extremely unlikely that the landlord will allow you to store any personal items in the building after you have left, and if he does, he will certainly want to charge you for this service.
If you have followed all the above advice the landlord, after checking your room for damage and losses, will pay you back your deposit in full. If you originally paid the deposit by cheque, he may well refund your deposit by cheque. If you originally paid your deposit in cash, he should refund your deposit in cash.
If the landlord finds that items in your room have been damaged or are missing, he is entitled to extract an appropriate amount from your deposit.
You may feel that he has made an unfair decision.
This a tricky and complicated area and I suggest that to you check out the section dedicated to this subject for more information.
You can now see the importance of retaining the original written receipt that you obtained from the landlord before moving in.
If English is not your first language, be especially careful to make sure that you understand the process of obtaining your deposit refund. Don't be shy. Ask the landlord to repeat and explain anything that you don't understand. Better to be sure now than sorry later.
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