Renting privately

Moving out of your rental property

Unless you are in breach of your tenancy, you can live in the rental property until the end of your lease agreement.  You can stay even if ownership of the property changes hands.  Use this moving out checklist to avoid end of tenancy disputes and unexpected costs.

End of tenancy checklist

  • Give your landlord the proper written notice that you will be ending your agreement.
  • If your lease agreement is for a fixed term, plan to move out on the end date of your agreement.  If you move earlier, you may be responsible for costs related to breaking your lease (205.6 KB PDF).
  • If you are leaving the premises, but others are staying, ensure that your landlord is aware of this. You may need to sort out whether your name needs to be removed from the agreement and bond.
  • Make sure your rent is paid to the end-date
  • Clean and tidy the property, including gardens. Check, and complete, against the original property inspection sheet   (50.5 KB PDF) and any photos taken when you moved in. Take photos when you leave.
  • Make sure you sign it and keep a copy for yourself.
  • Don’t leave anything behind especially rubbish and furniture.  You will be charged if you leave any furniture or rubbish behind. Contact your local council to find out how to get rid of unwanted items
  • Tell your energy suppliers that you are leaving, and organise final meter readings.
  • Hand the keys back, including all copies you were given at the commencement of the lease.
  • Make sure you arrange for mail forwarding and change of address functions.
    If you have a bond guarantee from Housing SA, notify them of your change of address.
  • Give your forwarding address to the landlord or property manager. Make sure Consumer and Business Services (CBS) have your forwarding address for correspondence.
  • Ask your landlord for a reference.  A written recommendation from your landlord to show to another prospective landlord is proof of your tenancy record.
  • Discuss your bond refund with your landlord and claim your bond.

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