Things to do before you move out of your council home

Make sure you've done everything on our checklist before you move out of your council property

Moving out checklist

You need to end your council tenancy before moving out of your council property.

When you move out, remember to:

  • hand in all keys to the property to your local housing office by the agreed date
  • remove all your furniture, belongings, rubbish and any floor coverings in bad condition
  • carry out any repairs you're responsible for
  • give your gas, electricity and water meter readings to your utility supplier
  • tell our Council Tax team you're moving and give them your new address
  • tell our Benefits team you're moving and give them your new address, if you receive benefits
  • take your pets with you when you move

You should also:

  • make sure the property is clean and the garden is tidy
  • turn off the water stop tap to prevent damage from bursting pipes
  • cancel any regular deliveries such as newspapers
  • make sure the windows and doors are secure
  • report any repairs you're not responsible for
  • return your visitor's parking permit, if you have one

If you don't remove, repair or clean things in the property you're responsible for, we may charge you for these costs.