When the time comes for a tenant to move out, there are a myriad of tasks landlords must complete before they let the rental accommodation once again. From ending the tenancy agreement and amending the inventory, to completing fire safety checks, it can be a challenge to know where to begin. However, it’s imperative that landlords have a plan in place.
There are three ways that a private tenancy can be ended. The first is when the landlord takes the property back after the fixed term ends and they issue what is known as a ‘Section 21’ notice. For example, this is used if the landlord wants to sell the property.
Secondly, if the tenancy is still in the fixed term, landlords can evict tenants if they break the terms of their tenancy through a ‘Section 8’ notice from the Housing Act 1988. Tenants can be evicted for a number of reasons, for example, unpaid rent. Finally, the tenancy may end when the renter wants to move out.
Whatever the reason, landlords need to ensure that the tenancy ending process goes as seamlessly as possible. Here, we’ve composed a checklist for landlords to assist in this process. For our sister checklist for when a tenant moves in, click here, of for our Fire Safety Checklist For Landlords eBook, click the link below:
❏ A notice to/from the tenants notifying the end of tenancy has been received.
Written notice must be given to tenants. How much notice is given is dependent on the type of tenancy the property has, as well as the reasons behind its conclusion. If it is due to eviction, then this will be a different time length to when the tenancy is ended amicably.
❏ The Move Out Letter has been provided
A sample landlord Move Out letter can be found on the Landlord Zone. There are a number of details that must be included, namely; required notice period, termination date and date of last rent payments, security deposit, reminder of inventory and details of moving out process.
❏ Before the tenant moves out, landlords should inspect the property.
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❏ Put the property back on the market – if applicable.
❏ On the day the tenants move out, landlords should conduct a final inspection.
❏ The landlord must also:
Once this checklist has been completed, the property will be ready for whatever comes next. Having a clear plan in place means that the end of the tenancy transaction can be straightforward for all parties involved, and guarantees that both the tenant and landlord is treated fairly and safely – to find out more, consult our Social Housing Toolkit or download our kitchen fire safety eBook below!