Sorting the bills
Before you actually move out it is very important that you contact your service providers for gas, electricity and water and let them know you are no longer going to be living in the property. You must provide them with accurate meter readings so they know you are not liable to pay for any further usage after those readings have been taken.
Don’t ask for the services to be disconnected though, as your landlord will then have to pay to get them reconnected and may take the money your of your deposit. You should:
- Get readings for gas, electricity and water if you have a meter.
- Contact them at least 48 hours before you move out and ask them to send you a final bill.
- Make a note of these readings to ensure no future problems occur.
- Ask for email confirmation that you will no longer be liable for any further charges.
Make sure you keep a copy of all your final bills as your landlord or letting agent may wish to see them and want proof that you have paid them.
Redirect your post
Before you leave it is important to make sure you have contacted organizations who may wish to get hold of you such as:
- Bank/and or Building Society
- Broadband Supplier
- Books and Magazines subscriptions
- Clubs and Associations
- Doctors, dentists and Opticians
- Electrcity, gas and water companies
- Friends and relatives
- Hire purchase companies
- Insurance companies
- Inland revenue and tax office
- Local Authorities
- Motoring Organisations
- National Savings
- Post Office for re-direction of mail
- Rental companies
- Satellite/ cable TV
- TV license
- Any Employers
To help save time it is worth registering at iammoving.com as they have a huge database of companies and can contact them free of charge.
You can also contact Royal Mail and have all your post re-directed. This is worth doing anyway to ensure you haven’t forgotten anyone.
For information on Retainer fees, agency fees and other “hidden” costs an agent may charge you click here Agency fees
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