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Before you move out

When you move out you may find the following checklist helpful.

Before you move out

  • Contact your housing officer to tell them that you are moving out.
  • Contact your satellite TV provider if you have one to arrange for a final bill.
  • Contact electricity, gas and oil suppliers to let them know when you will be moving out.  They may want to talk to you about how you are going to pay your bills.  Remember to take meter readings on the day you leave.
  • Contact your phone company to arrange for a final bill.  If you are not moving too far you might be able to take your phone number with you.
  • Let your local council know that you are moving. You will need to fill in a form for council tax.
  • Make a list of everybody who will need to have your new address (for example, your bank, building society, work, doctor, dentist, friends and family).  You can arrange to have your mail redirected by Royal Mail, though they charge for this service.
  • Arrange to get rid of any furniture, belongings or rubbish that you are not taking with you.  If you leave it we will charge you for getting rid of it.
  • Make sure you carry out any repairs we told you about after you gave your notice to end the tenancy.
  • Remember to leave the property reasonably well decorated.  This usually means you will have to touch up damaged paintwork or wallpaper. If you don’t do this, we may have to charge you for any redecoration vouchers we give the new tenant.
  • If you are on Housing Benefit you must let the local council know when your tenancy will end and that you are no longer responsible for paying the rent.
  • Remember to hand in your keys on or before the end of your notice period.  If you do not return your keys we will continue charging you rent until you return them or we change the locks.  If we have to change the locks, we will charge you for this.
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