Nobody wants the stress of moving to a new home. Renters know this, which is why they might be clingy when they’ve found a home that they’ve lived in for many years. If the renter does not manage their move-out well, they may try to take advantage of their prior occupancy by storing personal items on your Southampton property, coming back to pick up their mail, or even continuing to access the internet.
Some renters assume that they can just walk back to the property and continue with whatever tasks they have left there or access the amenities that they used to enjoy. However, once the keys have been given to the property owner or property management company, the former tenant relinquishes all rights to the rental property. If they try to enter the premises or use any related amenities, they are trespassing.
As a property owner, you must make sure your tenants understand this concept. They may not know that property owners and property management professionals need to enter the property immediately after a renter vacates to evaluate the condition of the home and to begin preparing it for the next tenant. They may also not understand that handing in their keys means that they have given up their right to the property and may even be giving up their rights to personal property left in the rental home.
Ensuring that your renters understand how to prepare for and manage their move-out process ahead of time is an essential part of a successful rental process. Proactively offering instructions for moving out, such as providing a checklist of necessary tasks, may go a long way toward helping your tenants complete the move-out correctly. Tenants should be informed that necessary move-out tasks, such as forwarding mail, moving out all possessions, and cleaning the property, need to be finished before the final exchange of keys. It is also essential to clarify that access to the property and all amenities are no longer allowed.
These kinds of conversations are our specialty at Real Property Management Prosperity. Our property management professionals can manage the move-out process from start to finish and make sure that your tenants have the information and resources they need to surrender the property when they turn in the keys. For more information about how our Southampton property management services can benefit you, contact us online or call us at 267-433-4200.