7 Tips for a smooth Tenancy Check-Out
Your tenant has given notice to leave and you've scheduled a time and date to conduct their Check-Out inspection & Key handover. As much as I'd highly recommend hiring a professional Inventory Inspector to handle this process for you to avoid 'conflict of interest', there are a few things you can look out for yourself if you're pushed for time.
Has the property been professionally cleaned? Always ask for a copy of your tenants cleaning receipt as proof. The number 1 reason for deposit disputes in 2018 was for cleaning issues so doing this immediately reduces the risk of a disagreement. If the cleaning isn't to a good enough standard, make sure to take photos so you can raise this with them.
Check walls for nails and blue-tack. If your property was newly renovated these will be easy to spot. You may be fine with 2/3 in each room but any more can cause paint to chip or crack, especially if they haven't been installed correctly.
Have a look around your property, take photos of any excessive stains or damage to carpets, laminate and tiles. Check mattresses and toilet seats as these are the most common everyday items that can become damaged or soiled.
Test all of the keys that your tenant has returned. Make sure they are working and the doors can be secured.
5. Meter Readings
Take the meter readings for Gas, Electric, water and heat meters (if in a new build). Try and get these on the day your tenant moves out so the account closure is clean cut and smooth running.
6. Sockets & Boilers
Turn off appliances and switches, this can save you money if the property is going to be vacant for a few days. Leave the boiler on a low, economical setting so the pipes don't freeze on a really cold day.
7. Deposit Deductions
Most importantly, if you're going to raise any issues with your tenant over cleaning, damage etc, make sure to put it in writing. Send them an email, attach photos and clearly state how much you'd like to deduct from their deposit. Be human and come to an agreement as soon as possible.
I hope this helps you to manage the end of your tenancies. I can't stress enough how important it is to have an Inventory done so you can easily inspect and compare the condition of your properties throughout a tenancy. I'll leave that for another post!