1. If you want to end your tenancy, you should contact your housing officer.
They will do the following.
• Agree a date on which your tenancy will end. This will be at least 28 days after you confirm in writing you are giving up the tenancy.
• Give you a termination of tenancy form.
• Tell you what your responsibilities are up until your tenancy ends (including how much rent you have to pay).
• Discuss access arrangements with you for your home to be inspected – a suitable appointment will be confirmed with you by our maintenance staff.
• Deal with questions you may have.
2. Filling in the termination of tenancy form.
• This form will confirm the date on which your tenancy will end.
• You and any joint tenants must sign and date the form in the correct place.
• If you live in the house with your husband or wife ( who are not joint tenants), they must also sign the form to confirm they have agreed to give up the tenancy.
By 12 noon on the day that your tenancy ends, you should hand in two sets of keys to the office. You must return keys for all doors, including:
• main doors;
• controlled – entry doors;
• bin stores and storage areas;
Late return of keys – if you hand your keys in later than the date agreed you will continue to be charged rent until the date your keys are received.
4. Inspecting your property before you leave to make sure that it is being left in a satisfactory condition.
After the inspection, we will let you know if you need to:
• remove alterations or improvements you have carried out without our permission;
• Carry out any repairs you are responsible for;
• Carry out any work to bring your home up to an acceptable standard; or
• Remove any sheds, outhouses and so on.
• If you fail to carry out anything we have asked you to do, we will carry out the work and may charge you for it.
5. Before you leave your home it is important that you do the following;
• Gas, Electricity and phone bills;
Please make sure that you contact the relevant companies so that they can arrange to read your meter and give you the final bill.
• Fixtures and fittings;
You will need to fill in any holes or repair any damage left by wall fittings you are taking with you (for example, wall lights).
• Floor coverings and furniture
You should remove all floor coverings when you leave the property. We will not be responsible for any items left in the property and we may charge you for the cost of having to remove any property you have left behind.
• Disposal of items;
All household effects should be removed from the property including any items in the loft space. You can contact Renfrewshire Council Cleansing Dept on 0141 842 4488 to arrange an uplift at a cost to yourself. Failure to arrange removal of items could result in you being recharged for any resulting costs incurred by the Association after you leave the property.
Once the house is empty, you should sweep up. Remember to clear all binstores and other storage areas.
If you do not end your tenancy in line with this guidance, we may charge you what it costs to bring your home up to an acceptable standard.
It may also affect your ability to get another rented house in the future. For more information, please contact our office.
FPHA Office 0141 887 4053
Renfrewshire Council Special Uplift 0141 842 4448
Scottish Gas 0800 048 0202
Scottish Power 0800 027 0404