As we enter June, at City Rental Services we’re preparing for one of the biggest days in our annual calendar – 30th June.
This is the big day when many of our student tenancies come to an end.
Exams are over, leaving parties are in full swing, the Glastonbury weekend is upon us (rain or shine) and our student tenants are getting ready for the big pack-up and clean-out in their rented properties across Bristol.
It’s also the month that student tenants should be thinking about maximizing the amount of rental deposit they see returned to them from their letting agencies and landlords in Bristol.
Here’s our checklist of things to do during June to ensure you get a full rental deposit back at the end of the academic year:
* You’re responsible for clearing, cleaning and tidying your bedroom and the communal areas of your rented property. Make sure you clean under the bed, behind the wardrobe, window sills and skirting boards – basically, a thorough clean is required. Does your vacuum work? If not, contact your landlord or letting agency.
* Communal areas will include the bathroom, which can be quite a challenge. Make sure the toilet is thoroughly cleaned, including bath and wash basin. Full cleaning and polishing is needed, with all rubbish removed, and shower curtain washed, or cleaned fully if glass. Wipe down and remove any mould on window sills.
* One of the main communal areas to consider is the kitchen. Fridge freezers will need to be turned off before 27th June, to give time before the final weekend for all foodstuffs out and the freezer de-frosted fully. Use a good oven cleaner, including the racks, grill and hob – and remember the oven sides, inside and out.
* General rubbish needs to be cleared, so make sure all black bin bags full or refuse are cleared. Ask a friend with a car to do a local tip run – the Council can also help remove larger items such as furniture, for a small fee.
* With the full student rented property thoroughly clean and tidy, and ready for inspection, keys need to be returned, and a new address left with the letting agency or landlord. Also remember to read all meters and note the readings.
* If there are any damages you know of which are your responsibility, let the letting agency or landlord know, as this will speed up deposit refunding if mentioned at the time of rented property vacating.
Sticking to the above simple points should go a long way to helping student tenants to get their rental deposits back quickly and straightforwardly.
If you’d like to find out more about our central Bristol lettings agency, please feel free to get in touch here.