When moving from a rental it is important to let the landlord know a thing or two about the move and this is not only for their benefit but yours too. Not everyone has a good relationship with their landlords but for those that do making them aware of some things can help you save some money, time and even a headache from coming on later down the line. If you think about it the person that will be in the apartment after the move will likely be the landlord, so it is a good idea to leave on good terms and keep good communication with them. They will appreciate the updates and the notice and of course a strong communication during and after the removal.
If anything is left behind it is likely that the first person to find what has been left will be the landlord of the property and if there is to be a chance to get those things back then they will be the person you need to speak with. Leave your contact number with the landlord and your new address, this way you have a chance of getting those items back in your possession. If you had a good landlord then it is likely that they will have no problem getting your belongings that were left behind back to you, whether by post or delivering personally and if the new place isn’t too far away, then it may be an option to stop back by and meet the landlord for access to the home.
Make sure to leave the set of keys to the apartment with the landlord this is always a good idea for a good relationship and a good practice in general. Most likely if the keys are kept so is the deposit on the place to cover the cost of new locks or the cost to have the home or apartment rekeyed.
Definitely let the landlord or owner of the place that you are moving from know the exact date of your departure, this will be well appreciated in most cases and it will help them to keep their properties safe. Letting them know of the leave in advance will give them time to rent out the apartment or home ahead of time, ensuring their investment of the rental property. Saving the landlord money is worth a ton of brownie points.
Remember to set up a time for the landlord and yourself to walk through the property together. In order to keep your deposit it is necessary to travel through the house and check for damage and it is likely that the landlord will be eyeballing every scratch they can find, so if there has been damage it is best to get the repairs done before the landlord inspects the home. Some of the common areas that get damaged are the walls and base boards. Look at the walls where furniture was either near or up against. If there are any small gouges, use a little filler and get those taken care of. If painting is needed get that done as well and you can ensure that the walkthrough goes great and you get the deposit back. The money would be helpful for your to cover all the removal services expenses and to organize smooth and stress free relocation.