Moving out of a rental home can be stressful for a renter. If they have resided in a rental home for several years, they may hold a special place in their heart for the property even when they have surrendered the keys. If they are having a hard time managing the move, a tenant may even try to take advantage of their prior occupancy by storing personal items on your Wexford property. They might even come back to pick up their mail or access the internet.
While renters might think they can come back to the property to finish small tasks or use amenities they once enjoyed, after they give the keys back to the property owner or property management company, the former tenant no longer has rights to access the property. As a matter of fact, if they do try to set foot on the property or access any related amenities, they are trespassing.
As a property owner, you should explain this to your tenants. Your renters may not understand that property owners and property management professionals need access to the property to assess the condition of the home and to prepare for the new tenants. You should also explain that once they hand over the keys, they are giving up their rights to the rental home and any personal property that is left in the home.
Helping your tenants understand how to prepare and manage their move can help your rental process succeed. It is important that your renters are informed of the necessary tasks that come with moving out, such as forwarding mail, moving all possessions out of the home, and cleaning the property. Offering instructions for moving out in the form of a checklist of necessary tasks can help in making sure that the move out is done correctly and will ensure that nothing gets missed or left behind. Don’t forget to make it clear that they will no longer have access to the property or any of the amenities.
These kinds of conversations are our specialty at Real Property Management Three Rivers. Our property management professionals can help manage the move-out process from start to finish, guaranteeing that your tenants have the knowledge and resources they need to surrender the property when they surrender the keys. For more information about how our Wexford property management services can serve you, contact us online or call us at 724-804-8254.
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