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Ending a Council Tenancy

Before You Leave

Before you hand your keys in, avoid charges by making sure that:

  • The property is clean
  • All furniture, carpets and belongings are removed
  • All cupboards, sheds and lofts are emptied and cleaned
  • Fixtures and fittings which belong to us are left in place and in good order
  • There is no rubbish in the property or in the garden, or any outbuildings
  • Any repairs that are your responsibility are fixed
  • An expert is used when removing gas or electric appliances
  • You do not leave bare wires or open gas pipes
  • All rent is paid up to date
  • No one remains living there
  • The property is in good decorative order

Every year we invest in upgrading properties to ensure you have warm, secure and safe homes. The money we invest comes from the rent you pay. We record the condition of all properties prior to a new tenancy being signed.  Most tenants take great care of their home and at the end of a tenancy their property is returned to us in a satisfactory condition.  Unfortunately a few properties are left in a poor condition which means a lot of extra repair work and expense, which delays a new tenant moving into the property.

We charge tenants where a property is left in an unsatisfactory condition including:

  • improvements carried out without our permission
  • needing to replace any fixtures or fittings
  • clearing any rubbish or personal belongings
  • repairing any damage, etc. 

We will also pursue you for any outstanding rent or charges.