We understand you'll be looking to get your full deposit back. Starting to take a few little steps in the final few months before the end of your tenancy can help reduce the damage to the property and the damage to your deposit.
Start early! There's nothing worse than spending a whole day frantically cleaning your house the day before you move out, especially if in the summer when you'd rather be at the beach or in a beer garden.
Doing little bits at a time in the build up to the end of your tenancy and making sure things like the oven, hobs, microwave and bathrooms are all given a good scrub in plenty of time will reduce the stress of move out day and increase the amount of deposit you get back. Cleaning costs are one of the most common deductions landlords have to make from a tenant's deposit.
Make sure all your bills are paid up to date and you've informed the suppliers of the end of tenancy date and when you're moving out, providing them with a forwarding address. If there are outstanding rent arrears on your account, it's important that these are also paid before you move out and we have a forwarding address for you.
Speaking of a change in address, if you changed your bank statements or phone bills to be posted to your term time/rental property, remember to update them with your new address. This is also relevant to any other post you may get that is directly addressed to you, not just bills. In any case, by doing this you not only ensure that you don't miss anything important, but it also means that new tenants aren't getting someone else's mail delivered to their property all the time.
Don't leave anything behind at the end of your tenancy; anything you brought with you should be taken away again when you move out. If you need storage space over the summer or for a few weeks in between moving out and moving into your next property then Seekers can help. We have secured a deal with Storage Centres in Newcastle to give our tenants 20% off.
Simply hand your keys in at the Seekers office once you have moved all your things out and we'll be able to conduct the end of tenancy checkout inspection.
It will take time for us to complete the inspection and determine any deductions we think may need to be made from your deposit following the end of tenancy. Your property supervisor will be in touch as soon as it has been completed and inform you of the amount of the deposit which will be returned. If you do not agree with the proposed charges you can negotiate with the landlord or consult the scheme the deposit has been held under.