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Ending your tenancy

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4. Checklist for ending your tenancy

  • write a letter stating you are handing in your one month notice on the property
  • ask for your deposit (if one was paid) to be returned to you
  • take a copy of the notice for you to keep as a record
  • contact your landlord by telephone on the day you send the notice to let them know you have sent it  
  • ask them to call you to let you know they have received it
  • offer your landlord an inspection before your notice ends so you can discuss your deposit being returned, or so you can repair any damage you may have caused to the property before you leave
  • arrange the time you will be meeting the landlord to hand over the keys to the property
  • you may wish to take photos of your home once you have taken out your furniture and belongings in case your landlord makes a claim against your deposit
  • provide your landlord with your forwarding address in case there are any issues with your deposit or if post needs to be forwarded on
  • make sure you take gas, electric and water meter readings when you leave so you can provide them to your suppliers so you don’t end up paying more than you should