How to get your deposit back in full
If you are renting a shared property you are all jointly responsible for its condition when you move out, although the degree of joint liability can vary depending on the type of tenancy agreement you’ve signed. As a rule of thumb communal areas will almost always be the responsibility of everyone. Remember all the landlord/agent wants is a property returned in an acceptably clean condition to hand over to the new tenants moving in.
Read on and keep the marigolds nearby.
• Work out in advance how you will clean the property and divide up the tasks for the communal areas. That is the kitchen, bathroom, lounge, corridors, stairs and any outside space and cellar area.
• It is a good idea to talk to your mates now and try to agree a day to get together to clean up, as everyone starts disappearing after exams
• Use the checklist to keep you on track.
If you are renting a shared property you are all jointly responsible for its condition at the end of your tenancy. Generally, cleaning the kitchen and bathroom is 50% of the task of cleaning the whole property, so just cleaning your own room is not contributing your fair share.
Top tips for moving out
1. You should ask your landlord/agent for a detailed breakdown of what is expected, to point out anything you need to do to return the house in an acceptable condition.
2. Taking a stand and not cleaning the house because no one else is will not be an acceptable reason for your landlord! You will all end up losing some of your deposits.
Utility bills - closing your accounts
Here at Edge Student Living we take care of all the utility bills but if your landlord doesn’t, then they may retain your deposit until you provide written proof showing that all the bills have been paid. This may include an exemption letter for your Council Tax bills. This stipulation, if applicable, should be set out in your contract.
A few weeks before you move out, contact the utility companies and let them know the final date of your tenancy. Read the meters on the final day and inform the company to close your account and get the final bill sent on to your forwarding address. Keep a record of the meter readings. As soon as you have paid the final bills, make sure you send proof to the landlord/agent.
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