Tenant move-outs should NOT leave any debris, personal items, trash and garbage or boxes behind. Cost to remove is a legitimate claim on security.

Tenant move outs should always be planned weeks in advance, and details shared with the landlord. Tenants should always give their landlord advance notice of their exact move out day and time. Why?  Leases may end on a Sunday, but tenants may only have access to a moving truck the Friday before. If a tenant waits until the very last day of the lease to move, sometimes time runs out and they can't finish until the next day. By communicating with their landlord, the transition will become much smoother.

There is NO requirement for a landlord to do "walk through" move outs with their tenant. There can be good reasons why in person move-outs aren't a good idea. The end of the lease is the end of the lease. Both parties can go their separate ways, and the landlord can simply wait until the tenant has moved and returned keys, and the property is vacant to assess the condition of the property and handle any security deposit claims.

Tenant move outs and information to save security deposit claims

Tenants can request walk-throughs with their landlords prior to moving out, but this should be scheduled/requested in advance and agreed to ahead of time. This may be helpful if a tenant is unsure of what to do to prepare the property to give back to the landlord, especially if their goal is to get their full security deposit returned. In this event, the landlord would go to the property prior to move out and "walk through" with the tenant, pointing out anything that the tenant needs to take care of before handing back their keys. It's important to note: landlords can't expect or require tenants to "improve" the property. The legal requirement for tenants is to leave the property in clean, broom-swept condition free of harm or repairs - as judged by the move-in condition and any lease provisions that may have been agreed to. Tenants should use the below list of items as a guide to help protect their security deposit from claims.

It is ALWAYS a great idea for a tenant to hire a professional cleaning person/crew to clean the property once it's vacant, but before handing the keys back to the landlord. Cleaning is very inexpensive, and it OFTEN saves the tenant from losing much more money from their security deposit.

Tip: write date on the filter when installed.

Helpful tip: change the AC filter the same time once every month. Take a photo of the size of the filter and keep in your phone, so you can refer back to it when you're in Publix or Walmart and easily buy your new filter while grocery shopping. By writing the date you've placed the new filter inside the unit ON the filter, you can check and easily be sure you're changing it every month on time.

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