Moving out of rental accommodation

Plan how long it takes to move

If you plan to move out of your property when your lease is up, make sure you have time to:

  • Give notice in writing to your landlord or real estate agent to advise when you’re leaving
  • Pack and have all your things moved by the specified date
  • Clean the property thoroughly.

Getting your bond back

You will have paid a rental deposit (or bond) as security against a property for any damage or undue wear and tear. You'll get a refund of your bond after you vacate the property if it’s in the same condition as it was when you moved in. You’ll also need to make sure there is no outstanding money owed to the landlord or real estate agent.

Checklist for moving out

  • Clean thoroughly – some professional cleaners specialise in end-of-lease cleans
  • Check what was provided when you moved in because you’ll have to repair any damage and replace breakages
  • Tidy the garden and grounds
  • Make sure you have all the keys and return them to the real estate agent or landlord
  • Keep a receipt for the agent to prove you have shampooed carpets
  • Make sure rent payments are up-to-date
  • Sign a bond release form to verify you have left the property in the same condition as when you moved in.