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Moving Out of Your Rental Apartment

Written by Laura

Thousands of people live in a rental apartment in the Comunidad de Madrid for various reasons, whether it’s the freedom they feel by living in rental rather than purchasing a home, the simple lack of financial resources needed to buy a home in the city, or a logistical reason such as the short length of a visit. Many people are familiar with the steps involved in renting an apartment, but some are unsure about the process and responsibilities as a tenant when it comes time to move out of their apartment. That’s why today in this article from ShMadrid, we’ll be outlining steps and tips for those who are wanting to move out of their apartment so they know the different details to consider.

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Steps to follow for leaving your apartment

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Many people find themselves needing to move out of their rental apartments in Madrid, and there could be a variety of reasons for this. In some cases, a contract will end and a subsequent rise in rent causes tenants to decide to look elsewhere for cheaper leasing options in the city. Other times, someone will leave an apartment due to some sort of change in their life, for example, if they are expecting a child and need a more spacious apartment for their growing family or if they have reached the financial state where they can buy a home of their own. If you plan to vacate your apartment before the end of the lease stated in your rental contract, the first step to take is to let your landlord know about your new departure date as soon as possible. Once you have let your landlord know that you are planning on moving out, you should make sure that you leave the apartment completely clean and in the same condition you found it when you first arrived. For this reason, it’s a good idea to begin filling in any holes in the wall from hanging decor, repair any scratches on the wood floors caused by pets or furniture and put back any original furniture that you have replaced with your own during your stay. This is important, because if you don’t leave the apartment in the same condition as when you found it, the landlord has the right to not return a portion of your deposit that you paid at the beginning of your rental period.can

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In addition, the renter is also required to pay the last month’s rent or the proportional amount due to the landlord, separately from the deposit that the landlord possesses. The deposit cannot be substituted for the last month’s rent, since the deposit is used as a guarantee by the landlord that they can pull money from to finance repairs for any damages caused by the tenant during their stay. For this reason, you may receive back less than the full deposit you originally paid at the beginning of your lease. Once the tenant has repaired any damages they are responsible for, all that’s left to do is to move out of the apartment. Remember that the apartment furniture, if it came furnished prior to moving in, should be returned and re-situated as it was originally. The furniture that came with the apartment should also be in good shape, and if it is not at the end of your stay then your landlord may use some of your deposit to repair or replace the furniture. Finally, you can sign the finalization of the contract and turn in your keys, and if everything is in order, you should receive back your deposit and you can be on your way.

What other advice do you have for ending a lease and moving out of an apartment?

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American journalist writing about the beautiful country of Spain. Her passions include news and feature writing, Spanish language and culture and the outdoors.

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