In this blog we’ve covered everything from the quality of your cleaning to returning your keys in a bid to make sure you’re aware of what needs to happen to get your deposit back in full and avoid any extra charges when your tenancy ends. Plus, some top tips on making your life easier once the move takes place.

1. Cleaning

Let’s start with cleaning. The majority of tenants choose to do this themselves, however depending on your circumstances it can sometimes be easier to get a local cleaning company in – just be sure to outline exactly what you expect to be done and if possible, go in to check after the clean has taken place. If you do choose to put on your marigolds and tackle it yourself, here is what you need to be sure to do:

●Remove all of your belongings, including the garbage and the coffee cup you’ve been drinking whilst you’ve been cleaning. You may incur a charge for removal of any items left behind, big or small! Don't forget any posters, anything hung on the back of your doors and be sure to double and triple check all of your drawers and cupboards!

●Grab a duster, wipe all surfaces and get rid of any cobwebs before the next step.

●Use a mild cleaner and a cloth to wipe down all surfaces. This includes surface tops, cupboard fronts, inside cupboards and drawers, skirting boards, windowsills, and desks – you name it, you’ll need to clean it!

●Using a bit of elbow grease give your oven a good clean, including all shelves and the door. We asked the YPP team and we got two strong contenders for cleaning your oven: Astonish or Oven Brite!

●Be sure to clear your fridge and freezer of all items before defrosting your freezer and cleaning them both out thoroughly with disinfectant.

●Give your windows a once over with glass cleaner and a dry cloth – this will make sure they are streak free and sparkling.

●It’s not pretty nor glamorous, but at some point you’ll need to hit the bathroom with some disinfectant cleaner, and yes, this does include the toilet. Be sure to give everything a good scrub! Whilst you’re there, check your plug holes for any hair and give your shower screen a clean.

●Vacuum, sweep and mop the floors including underneath and behind all furniture.

●Last but not least, return all furniture to its original position.

2. Returning your keys

This is an easy mistake to make, but we ask that you DO NOT leave your keys in your own letterbox. Please return them at the applicable office/reception or during your move out inspection. If the office is closed when you are due to return your keys, please place them in an envelope with your name, property and contact details on, and pop them through the YPP office letterbox.

3. Arrange your move-out inspection

Importance level = 100! A member of the YPP team will carry out an inspection at the end of your tenancy for any damages and to check the condition of the property, you will need to get in touch to arrange this. We ask that all of your belongings are removed and that the apartment is near enough good to go for the next tenant, before this appointment. You may wish to be present at the inspection, but if you aren’t too bothered, we can carry out the inspection in your absence! Please note, if there are any damages that were not noted on your inventory at the start of your tenancy then sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you are likely to have deposit deducted for this!

4. Pay your rent!

This may sound obvious, but it’s always worth double checking on page 4 of your tenancy agreement to check that all scheduled payments have been paid up until the end of your tenancy.

5. Cancel your standing order

Once you’ve confirmed that your payment schedule is complete, you’ll need to cancel your standing order. Due to the nature of a standing order, if it’s not cancelled, further payments will be scheduled to come out putting you at risk of being a little out of pocket for a little while until a refund for the overpayment can be processed. So, the easiest option is to contact the bank once all payments have been made and cancel the order there and then!

6. Tie up your utility bills

If you are in touch with your utility providers, it’s a good idea to let them know that you are vacating the property on the last day of your tenancy.You may even get a good deal if you take the provider with you to your next property!

7. Redirect your mail

If you receive anything through the post, make sure you alert the necessary parties that you’re on the move, as YPP are not responsible for forwarding any mail and will not be able to collect it for you. This is especially important for anything containing sensitive information!

And voila! You are ready to move out by 11am and on to your next home.

Okay, that was pretty long, but we want to make sure that we give you as much help and guidance to make what can be a stressful time, as easy and as smooth as possible. So, once you’ve ticked all these boxes, you can sit back, relax and wait for a heads up on retrieving your deposit back. This takes up to two weeks from the end of your tenancy, providing there are no issues with the apartment! The lettings team will let you know what information you’ll need to retrieve your deposit held by the DPS.

If you’ve got to the end of this, the likelihood is that you’re leaving for pastures new. We hope you enjoyed your experience and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future!In this blog we’ve covered everything from the quality of your cleaning to returning your keys in a bid to make sure you’re aware of what needs to happen to get your deposit back in full and avoid any extra charges when your tenancy ends. Plus, some top tips on making your life easier once the move takes place.

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