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Check your tenancy agreement to find out what date you have to give notice to leave the property, it usually ties in with the date/day you pay your rent
With most agreements, you have to rent for a minimum of six months prior to ending the tenancy. If you want to leave sooner, you may have to give a reason to leave early 
eg lack of maintenance or offer to pay the landlord to re-let the property.
Find out how you have to give notice – in writing? By post? In person? Make sure whichever method you choose you have evidence that you have you gave notice, for example read receipt, recorded delivery
  Speak to your utility companies e.g. gas, electricity, cable. Ask what their procedure is for advising on moving out of a property and into another one. Ask whether you can read the gas/electric meter or if they need to send someone around. For example, visit the British Gas home moving helpline.
  Make sure you have a copy of the inventory carried out at the start of your tenancy.
  Check each room has everything listed in the inventory.
  Check each room is in the same condition as it was at the start of the tenancy.
Wash off any marks off walls and skirting boards.
Clean the cooker thoroughly.
Tidy any gardens or outdoor space so it looks spick and span.
Let your mobile phone company know you once have a new address to move to.
Consider using the Post Office redirection service.
Advise your employer, bank, financial investment companies, store cards, credit card companies, council tax, TV licence, of your change of address.
Make sure you have the details of your tenancy deposit scheme and your landlord/letting agent has applied to return all of your deposit, or explain why only part of your deposit is being returned.
Organise your property removals via a man with a van or removal services.

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