Tenant move-outs can often lead to significant expenditures for the landlord in terms of time and money in regard to preparing the unit for the next tenant.
When signing a lease agreement and reviewing move-in procedures, it is equally important to go over the move-out procedures as well. This not only shows the tenant that you are a professional, it also sets clear expectations from both sides.
A tenant should agree to:
Reviewing these demands with your tenant(s) allows them to understand exactly what the expectations are.
Once you as the landlord receive the notice from the tenant, the first step is an inspection of the unit. This allows you to show the tenant that you take the move-out process seriously, allows you to see possible repairs that will need to be done, and the overall sate of the unit – is it ready for a new tenant or is major over-haul needed?
It is important to follow up with the tenants with the 60 days’ notice to confirm their move out date and time, as well as schedule a final inspection of the unit. This is also the time to remind the tenants to take all their belongings with them, leave the unit clean and have their keys ready to be returned.
Once the tenant has moved out, you should have painters, contractors, and cleaners lined up to prepare the unit for the next tenant(s). Taking these steps will allow you to bring the unit back on the rental market much quicker.