When tenants move out, there has to be a thorough checkout process in force to allow an ongoing harmonious relationship between the tenant and landlord, and to ensure the return of the all-important deposit.
Make sure the property is returned in good order
Getting the deposit back is essential, and there are a number of steps to take to make sure the money is returned. How the property is given back to the landlord will be the decider, so it’s essential to make sure everything is in order and any damage has been repaired or items replaced.
The landlord should inform the tenant of responsibilities prior to the checkout process, usually around two weeks before vacating the property. It’s also advisable for the tenant to be present during checkout.
Remove food containers from cupboards, fridges and freezers
In addition to giving the property a thorough clean, you should also ensure all food containers are removed from cupboards and fridges. The freezers should be defrosted, and the garden should appear well manicured. Ensure all lights are in working order and ask for post to be re-directed to your new address.
Rearrange the furniture to where it was when you moved in, and touch up any blemishes on walls or doors. If you don’t want to take appliances such as kettles and toasters with you, they should be disposed of safely. The landlord will read the meter and may ask for your address to forward the last bill.
According to the Irish Times, landlords and tenants are encouraged to work together in the face of the current coronavirus crisis.
Property managers and landlords can save time using the features of house inspection software. Tools such as house inspection software have multi-platform compatibility, as well as sharing features and report writing and photo capture.
The process should be worry-free, provided you ensure the property is in the same condition as it was when you first moved in. The landlord will examine the overall condition, using the inventory that was created during the check-in process.
General ‘fair wear and tear’ should be taken into consideration, although burns, stains and chips out of doors and furniture would not qualify. The landlord will then complete a report, and if the property is in the same condition, you should receive the deposit back.