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Moving Out Checklist

We have compiled a list of the most important things you need to do before you move out of your student accommodation.

Summer is almost here, which means it is fast approaching the time for you to be moving out of your accommodation. We have compiled a list of the most important things you need to do before you move out.


1. Check your tenancy agreement

Most housing contracts have a moving out procedure, make sure you check yours and follow all the requirements.

2. Check your inventory

Your landlord may have provided an inventory of the property at the start of your tenancy, make note of any damages or changes to make sure you aren’t charged for damages you didn’t cause.

3. Let your landlord or agency know when you are moving out

Find out who will be the last person in the property, and contact your landlord or agency to let them know when you will be leaving. Arrange for them to do a final check before you move out to make sure everything is in order.

4. Take photos of the property

Before you move out, take time-stamped photos of your property to show the condition you are leaving it in.

5. Check your meters

If you pay your own bills, take final meter readings as you move out to make sure you don’t end up paying for the next tenant’s bills.

6. Check and pay bills and cancel any contracts

Ensure all your bills have been paid up until the date you are leaving and make sure all your bills companies are aware of when you are moving out.

7. Have your post forwarded

The Royal Mail have a post redirection service, you can use this to make sure all your post is send to your new address.

8. Cleaning

Deep clean your property before you move out, it needs to be in the same condition as it was when you moved it. Make sure the cleaning is divided up evenly between everyone in the property and remember to defrost the fridge and freezer, clean the oven and clean the carpets.

9. Rubbish

It’s your responsibility to dispose of your rubbish and to clear all rubbish from the property when you leave, including food and any of your belongings. Make sure your bins are emptied as you can be charged for anything left in the property once you leave.

10. Donations and collection of unwanted items

Donate any unused food or cleaning products to food banks and any unwanted clothes, books or furniture to charities. The British Heart Foundation offers home collection for any larger items.

11. Deposit

To ensure you get your deposit back in full, you will need to have completed to above steps and returned your keys. Your landlord or agency is responsible for returning your deposit, and if there are no issues it should be returned to you within 10 days of the end of your tenancy.   

If you have any issues or queries during the moving out process, you can use the Union’s Advice Service or the Student Housing team at the university who offer help and advice for students.


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