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Moving into your new home

When you accept the keys for your new home you will sign a legal document called a Tenancy Agreement. The tenancy agreement is the most important document you have for your new home. Your Community Housing Officer will have gone through it with you when you signed it and will have highlighted the main rights you have as a council tenant and also your responsibilities.

Moving house can be stressful. The checklist below may be helpful in making sure you don't forget anything important

  1. Check that you have a key for every door lock
  • Front and back doors
  • Close/common entrance door
  • Bin store
  • Laundry
  1. Check that you know which key fits which door, including those outside the house.
  2. Check where the meters are and take readings as soon as you move in - tell the relevant gas and electric companies that you are the new occupier and tell them the readings.
  3. Check whether the meter takes cards or tokens and decide how you want to pay. If you want to use a different method of payment contact the gas or electricity company to make your own arrangements.
  4. Check that the water, gas and electricity supplies are switched on and working. If they are not report them to the local office immediately.
  5. Test the water stop valve.
  6. Make sure that you know how the central heating system works - if you have any problems get in touch with your Housing Officer.
  7. Make sure the smoke detector is working.
  8. Check that all the windows will open and close and that you can operate any window locks.
  9. Check you have an exit route in the event of fire.
  10. Take out home contents insurance. Check that your policy covers you for claims from a third party, e.g. if your washing machine leaks and floods the flat below.