Moving Out of Your Rental Unit


Your lease will normally last until the end date stated in the contract.  If you have no lease contract, the lease term will typically end 60 days after the manager provides notice.  The lease may also be terminated if the resident violates the terms of the lease.

After getting possession of the unit back, managers have three days to inspect and provide a list of damages.  Once you receive the list, you have five days to review the list and sign it.  If the list is incorrect, you must note this on the original list before signing it, or provide a separate signed list.

Managers may keep deposits for damage to the unit, rent owed, or unpaid utilities.  However, managers may not keep deposits for ordinary wear and tear from use of the unit.  Managers have 30 days to return the deposit.  Failure to return a deposit can result in the manager having to pay up to three times the deposit amount and the resident’s attorney fees.  You cannot get this unless you cooperated in signing a move-out list (either the manager’s or your own).

To prevent disputes, it is a good idea to take pictures of the unit right before moving out.  You can always place the current newspaper in each picture with the date showing.  Proof of when the picture was taken is very important in documenting that the pictures were not taken earlier in the lease.

For more information on renting inGeorgiago to the Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences site.

You will find more details about moving out in the Landlord/Tenant Handbook available online.

Questions???  Call me in Columbus at 706.653.4200.

By Joanne S. Cavis, CFCS
UGA Cooperative Extension


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