Moving in and out of a rental home is stressful. Most renters don’t want to move out of a rental home soon after they move in, which is why it can be hard for them to leave if they have lived in a rental home for a long time. They might feel a sense of ownership over the property and that feeling can stay even after they turn in the keys. Sometimes a tenant might try to take advantage of their prior occupancy by storing personal items on your Lake Worth property, coming back to pick up their mail, or even continuing to access the internet.
Some renters think that they can return to the property anytime to do small tasks or to access amenities. However, as soon as the keys have been given back to the property owner or the property management company, former tenants give up their rights to the rental home. If they try to enter the premises or access any related amenities, they are trespassing and violating the law.
It is your responsibility as the property owner to keep your tenants informed of these facts. Some tenants may not know that property owners and property management professionals need to access the property immediately after a renter vacates so that they can assess the condition of the home and start necessary renovations for the next tenant. They may also not know that handing in their keys means they have given up their rights to the rental property and may even be giving up the right to personal property left in the home.
Ensuring that your renters know how to manage their move-out process is an integral part of a successful rental process. Proactively giving instructions for moving out, such as providing a simple move-out checklist, can go a long way toward ensuring your tenants complete the move-out correctly. Tenants should always be informed that necessary move-out tasks, such as forwarding mail, moving out all possessions, and cleaning the property, need to happen before the final exchange of keys. It is also important to explain that access to the property and all amenities are no longer allowed.
These kinds of conversations are our specialty at Real Property Management Palm Beach County. Our property management professionals can manage the move-out process from start to finish, making sure your tenants have the information and resources they need to surrender the property when they turn in the key completely. For more information about how our Lake Worth property management services can benefit you, contact us online or call us at 561-408-5580.