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Moving In and Moving Out

Moving In

To Dos:

  • Take pictures of the apartment (video is even better) before you move in to document damage in the apartment upon arrival.
  • Complete a thorough written inventory of the apartments condition and have the landlord or an impartial witness sign the inventory as well.
  • If any damage to the apartment needs to be fixed before you move-in, get the work that will be done and the completion date in writing from your landlord.
  • Plan ahead! Talk with your roommates about who will bring what. And make sure the furniture you plan to bring fits up the stairs, through doors, etc.
  • Think it through. Who will help you? Are you hiring a moving company? Are you recruiting friends and family to help with the move? Where are you getting your boxes from?
  • Decide upon a move-in time with your roommates. Its easier if you all move in together when making decisions about storage and furniture placement.
  • Dont leave you car open or your apartment unlocked during move-in. This is high theft time.
  • Take your time and stay hydrated, especially during the summer months.
  • Be careful! Dont scratch your walls. Damage done to the apartment will cost you money.
  • Bring cleaning products to clean furniture, bathrooms, floors, etc. before putting your stuff away.
  • Ask you apartment manager or leasing company where to dispose of trash and boxes. (Recycled boxes from grocery stores can have bugs. Make sure you dispose of them right away).
  • Return your rental truck on time to avoid paying for an additional day.
  • Park legally to avoid tickets or towing as you unload your car/truck!
  • Meet your neighbors. Give them your name and contact information in case they ever have a problem and in case of emergency.
  • Explore the neighborhood. Learn where the police station, post office, pharmacy, fire department, hospital, etc. are located. Also, find out about the areas public transportation.
  • Have fun building community off-campus!

Items to Budget for when Moving:

  • First months rent
  • Security deposit
  • Pet deposit
  • Painting/redecorating deposit
  • Last months rent
  • Application fee
  • Utilities deposit
  • Furniture/decorations
  • Movers
  • Rental truck
  • Gas
  • Boxes/packing supplies
  • Storage
  • Shipping charges

Moving Out

So it is time to move out! It might seem easy, and you might be eager to move on. But there are actually a number of things to keep in mind before you pack up and go!
  • Know when your lease ends, the date you must move out, and/or the date you must renew your lease by. Also know how much notice you must give your landlord. It is usually listed in your lease. Standard notice is 1-3 months. If you do not have a lease, 1 month is expected.
  • Note: You must give your notice based on the date you pay the rent. If you intend to move out on July 15th, but you pay rent on the 1st of each month, you would need to give your notice on June 1st. It would be up to your landlord to decide if you need to pay all of Julys rent.
  • Put your notice to move out in writing. The letter should include the current date, your name, your current unit address, your current phone number, the date you intend to move out, your future address, and your future phone number. Send this letter certified with return receipt requested.
  • Request a walk through of your apartment with your landlord to ask what needs to be fixed or cleaned. If he/she refuses you this, ask (preferably in writing) what is required before you move out. Do you have to paint? Have the carpets cleaned?
  • Prepare to pack up. You may need the following items: boxes, packing materials, tape, rope, plastic bins, dolly, cleaning supplies, a vacuum, a steam cleaner, and spackle.
  • Get help! Plan who will help you move or decide on hiring a moving company. Visit the Better Business Bureau for referrals.
  • Remove all personal items from the dwelling. Thoroughly clean it. Keep receipts for cleaning supplies, steam cleaner rentals, etc. Make sure you clean and/or fix any of the items your landlord told you about during your first walk through.
  • Take a video and/or pictures of your apartment. Have a friend with you when you do this.
  • Ask your landlord to take another walk through with you. Complete your move-out checklist (on the same form as your move-in checklist). Have your landlord sign and date it.
  • Return your keys in person. A landlord can charge you until the keys are returned or he/she can charge you for a lock change. You can ask the landlord to sign and date a statement saying you returned the keys.
  • Ask your landlord the specific date you can expect your security deposit returned. A landlord must return your security deposit, less any deductions for damage, in a reasonable amount of time. Send any requests or problems in writing to your landlord via certified mail with return receipt requested. If your landlord will not return your security deposit, contact the Office of the State Attorney General at (914) 422-8755.