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Leaving your home

Updated: 22 Mar 2017
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Things to do before you leave your Housing Executive home

What must I do once I have decided to move?

  1. Give us at least 4 weeks notice in writing to end your tenancy
  2. Provide us with your forwarding address in case we need to contact you in the future
  3. Remove all your furniture and belongings, and leave the property clean and tidy
  4. Contact Northern Ireland Electricity and/or Phoenix Gas to tell them you are leaving and arrange to get your meter read.
  5. If you can leave any instruction leaflets relating to appliances (particularly heating appliances) do so
  6. Rent is due to the last day of your tenancy. If you are paying by direct debit or standing order, you need to make arrangements to stop them
  7. If you are in rent arrears, make sure you clear them before the end of your tenancy or make an arrangement to clear them
  8. Arrange for all your mail to be redirected to your new home
  9. Return the keys to your District Office, before 12 noon on the last day of your tenancy

What happens during the next four weeks?

The Housing Executive will:
  • Arrange a home visit
  • Inspect the general condition of the property
  • Advise you in writing of any repairs you have to complete
  • Allocate your home to a new tenant
  • Carry out a final inspection of the property after you move out
  • Advise you of any chargeable repair items
You must:
  • Carry out repairs that are your responsibility
  • Remove all furniture and rubbish from the property (Contact your local council if you need help with this)
  • Return all keys to your local office
  • Contact your electricity and/or gas providers

Property Checklist

  • Make sure that the kitchen and bathroom are thoroughly cleaned, with all units cleared and any damage to units reported
  • Report any damaged tiles
  • Make sure all door panels and window panes are intact and report any damages
  • Make sure all light fittings are NIHE standard fitting
  • Remove any rubbish from the garden and mow the grass
  • Remove all furniture and rubbish from the property, including the roof space and shed.
  • Leave the wheelie bin at the property
  • Return all keys for front, back and store doors