Image of Students moving outMoving out of your student house is different to moving out of student halls. You now have a house to clean, organise and pack up rather than just one room. But you don’t have to do this alone; you and your housemates shared the house so share the work. It’s important to do this if you want your full deposit back.

Try our Moving out checklist (60kb PDF)  to make sure you cover everything.

Have you remembered…

What to do…


Rent – Have you paid all your rent? Check the landlord has received all the rent if you are unsure
Bond/Deposit – Do you know your Deposit ID and details of where your bond is protected? Check your tenancy contract and email mail box for the details. If unsure, ask your landlord or contact your Tenancy Deposit Service.
Inventory – Have you checked the inventory you filled in when you moved in? Check for damages that were not there when you moved in. Check the inventory with your landlord. Arrange an inspection date. Contact your Tenancy Deposit Protection Service if any disagreements arise with regards to the deposit/bond.
Cleaning – Have you left the property in a clean state? Clean all areas thoroughly to ensure you get your deposit back. Share duties between housemates. Check on inventory what needs to be done.
Recycling and Rubbish – Have you removed all the recycling/ waste from the property and front and back gardens?
Check bin days to avoid a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice from Cardiff Council.
Check collection days at: or download the “Cardiff Gov” app for free reminders – collection days often change with bank holidays

Put recycling/ waste on the pavement outside your property by 6am on the day of collection (but not earlier than 4.30pm the day before).

Love When You Leave –

Had a clear out? Know your options for those extra items of waste that “appear” when you move out.

Plan ahead to make the most of free and sustainable options.

Visit for all of the options available

Mail – Have you changed your address to back home for the summer? Contact Doctors, Bank, Mobile phone company, Friends, Family, DVLA, Employer.
Keys – Have you returned your keys to your landlord/ letting agent? Give landlord/letting agent keys at the moving out inspection.
Bills – Gas, electricity and water

Ensure you’ve paid outstanding bills.

Take meter readings and notify utility companies of moving out date.
TV Licence – Have you told them you are moving out? You may be eligible for a partial refund! Take meter readings and notify utility companies of moving out date.

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