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Moving Out

When you move out, make sure to clean the place thoroughly. Clean the oven, refrigerator, bathroom, etc. If you do not do this, the landlord may deduct money from your security deposit. The key is to make sure the apartment/house is in as good, if not better, condition as when you first moved in. Keep these tips in mind too:

End of Lease

  • Document the condition of your unit before your landlord inspects it, and compare this to your move-in checklist. This will help ensure that you are only charged for damage or wear that occurred while you were living in the unit. Take Pictures! Do not leave any furniture or belongings behind-you will be charged to remove it.
  • Contact ALL the utility companies to terminate your services.
  • Remove your name(s) from the mailbox, and have your mail held at the post office until they receive your new address. The post office will forward all your mail when they receive your new address on a change of address form.
  • Make arrangements to have your landlord examine the apartment/house to get approval before you move out. You may save money from your security deposit if minor problems are found that you can repair yourself.
  • The landlord must schedule your “moving out” inspection at a reasonable time. Once this is scheduled, the landlord should notify you. However, if he or she does not, keep in mind that it is your right to be present at this meeting.
  • Return your keys to the landlord.
  • Give the landlord your forwarding address so that your security deposit can be returned to you.


  • Know the terms of your lease before attempting to sublease. Some property owners charge a hefty fee for subleasing or don’t allow it at all.
  • Take the time to get to know your subleaser. Keep in mind that if you do sublease, you are still ultimately responsible for the lease.
  • Know your rights! You have the right to receive your deposit check in-hand, or an explanation of why you are not being refunded, within 30 days of the last day of your lease.