Renting in Vancouver BC - Moving Out

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Before Moving Out

In a residential tenancy, a tenant is required to move out by 1:00 p.m. on the last day of the tenancy unless the tenant and the landlord have agreed differently.

When moving out tenant(s) are expected to do the following:

  • restore the dwelling to the same condition as when the tenant moved in, except for normal wear and tear and changes explicitly consented to by the landlord
  • steam cleaning or shampooing the carpets after a tenancy of one year or where the tenant has stained the carpet, smoked in the premises or has had pet(s)
  • leave the internal window coverings clean (if applicable)
  • clean the stove top, elements and oven, defrost and clean the refrigerator, wipe out the inside of the dishwasher
  • clean behind and underneath the refrigerator and stove if they are on rollers
  • washing scuff marks, finger prints, etc. off the walls unless the texture of the wall prohibited wiping
  • repairing walls where there are an excessive number of nail holes or large nails, screws or tape have been used and left wall damaged
  • cleaning the fireplace if it was used
  • return all keys including those he or she had cut at his or her own expense

More on this Subject

   Tenancy Expert Advice

   - Before Moving Out

   Related Subjects

   - Starting Tenancy / Moving In
   - Ending Tenancy / Getting your deposit back

   Related Forms

   - Condition Inspection Report - RTB-27 

   Other Resources

   - British Columbia Tenancy Office - Fact Sheet RTB-120

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