Moving out of a rental home can be a stressful time for renters. If they have lived in a rental home for many years, they might feel a sense of belonging in the property even after they have turned in the keys. If they didn’t manage their move well, tenants try to benefit from their prior occupancy by storing personal items on your Santa Clarita property, coming back to pick up their mail, or continuing to access the internet.
Some renters might think that they can go back to the rental property to finish a few chores or use amenities they used to enjoy, but after they give the keys to the property owner or property management company, former renters no longer have the right to access the rental property. In fact, they are trespassing if they come back or use amenities on the property.
As a property owner, you should explain this concept to your tenants. They might not understand that property owners and property management professionals need access to the property immediately after a renter vacates to assess the condition of the rental home and to start preparations for the next tenant. Previous tenants also might not know that turning in their keys means they have given up their right to possession of the rental property and even their personal property left at the rental home.
Helping your renters get ready to move out is an important part of a successful rental process. Offering instructions for moving out and providing a checklist of necessary tasks may go a long way toward helping your tenants complete the move-out correctly. Tenants must also know that important move-out tasks like forwarding the mail, moving out all possessions, and cleaning the property must be finished before the final exchange of keys. It is also important to explain that access to the property and all amenities is no longer allowed.
This type of conversation is our specialty at Real Property Management Traditions. Our property management professionals can manage the move-out process from start to finish, ensuring that your tenants have the knowledge they need to surrender the property when they hand in the keys. For more details about how our Santa Clarita property management services can help you, contact us online or call us at 661-266-1400.