As a tenant, you need to be aware of a number of things that need to occur when your tenancy comes to an end. The most common situations when your tenancy will come to an end are as follows:
- by the written agreement on a fixed date;
- by your landlord before that date if you are in breach of the agreement; and
- by yourself before the date of the fixed-term agreement where there is a break clause.
Regardless of the reason, a month’s (or longer) notice is normally required. Once your tenancy is coming to an end, as a tenant you have responsibilities to fulfil which, include:
- to fix all damages, caused by you, your guests or your pets, having such;
- to clean the property thoroughly before moving out (you can do it yourself or using a professional cleaning company);
- to be in the property while the check-out report is prepared or the landlord inspects the property is inspecting the place;
- to pay your last months rent;
- to pay all the utility bills up to the end of your tenancy.
One thing not to get too conceded with is general wear and tear at the property as this falls outside of the remit for matters that need to be rectified at the end of your tenancy.
Pay serious attention to the cleaning!
Data published by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme in 2015 confirms that 54% o all deposit disputes centre around cleaning, so it’s in your best interest to make sure the property is cleaned properly, ideally by a professional cleaning company, to make sure that it his up to standard and to help with the return of your deposit.
Getting your deposit back!
It used to be that paying a security deposit at the outset of your tenancy can be quite stressful as you’re handing over a large chunk of cash without any real guarantee of getting it back when you move out. The introduction of deposit protections schemes has made things a bit easier and more secure for both landlords and tenants with regards to returning deposits and deductions made from deposits.
By law, the landlord is required to pay your deposit into one of three Government approved deposit protection schemes. Generally, a deposit secures the landlord against:
- unpaid rent;
- unpaid utility bills;
- damage caused to the property beyond usual wear and tear; and
- you have lost or not returned the keys of the property.
Provided you returned the property back in no worse state (wear & tear excepted) than it was at the start of the tenancy and it has been properly cleaned, you should have no problems getting your deposit back within 10 days of you agreeing with the landlord the amount to be returned. If there are some disagreements between you and your landlord, the Government-backed deposit protection schemes have a set procedure which needs to be followed for disputes, which includes providing evidence and details of costs. You can find out more from our previous post by following this link!