May 20, 2024

Move-Out Process

An overview of the move-out process.

Process & Move-Out Form

Ninety days before the end of your lease date, you will receive a link to this guide and a Google Calendar Event invite for your move-out day.

Thirty days prior to the end of your lease date, we will send you a reminder of your move-out day with a unique link to our Move-Out Form. (If you do not complete the form, we will send you a reminder email one week before your move out.)

In the Move-Out Form, we will ask you for an address to send your security deposit to. We are required by law to mail your security deposit to you, but we need your forwarding address to do so. If multiple people are on the lease, we will send a check to one person for you to divide up.

We will deduct money from your security deposit for damages beyond normal wear and tear. Please consult your lease or our Security Deposit Guide to understand what may be deducted from your Security Deposit.

In addition, your security deposit can be charged for items left behind at the end of the lease and for any unpaid rent or utilities. Any remaining security deposit return will be postmarked within 30 days of the end of the lease.

In the Move-Out Form, we will also ask for confirmation on the following --

  • You set up Mail Forwarding. Baker Street is unable to forward or coordinate with future tenants on mail.
  • You removed utilities from your name and have paid final bills (see below).
  • Read through our Tenant Cleaning List and have arranged to clean the unit prior to moving out.
  • Understand that you must take any trash/recycling bins to the curb.

Condition of Property

Before you moved in, the property was cleaned and all maintenance issues addressed. We expect that the property is left in the same or better condition as when you moved in. Any damages above normal wear-and-tear or items that are left behind will be cause for a deduction from your security deposit. Please consult our Tenant Cleaning List as you clean your unit.

Other notes and considerations --

  • Do not leave anything in the property that was not provided by previous management companies or Baker Street. If you have furniture that you purchased or obtained from a previous tenant, that furniture now belongs to you and we expect you to remove it at the end of your lease term.

  • We will charge a minimum of $100 per piece of furniture left behind depending on size. Larger couches and sectionals we may charge up to $300. If we need to rent a dumpster to junk multiple pieces of furniture the cost of that is typically $1,000.00 or more.

  • We expect the unit to be left in CLEAN condition and for all garbage to be removed or placed in the appropriate bins outside. Trash and recycling bins must be taken to the curb for pick-up. If we find that the bins are full of trash, you will be charged a $100 hauling fee. (HOAs may have specific rules, so please plan accordingly if your unit has an HOA).


If you were responsible for utilities, please do not forget to have the DTE and City of Ann Arbor Water (or applicable Water utility) taken out of your name at the end of your lease term. Please have the final bills sent to a forwarding address. 

If you fail to do this we will deduct any unpaid charges from your security deposit, and an additional $50 utility processing fee per instance.

Electricity/Gas: DTE
Water/Trash: City of Ann Arbor
Cable/Internet: Comcast or AT&T


Please leave building keys, unit keys, storage/safe keys, key fobs, parking passes, garage door openers, or HOA amenity keys on the kitchen counter if you were given any of these. We expect that all sets of keys and openers be returned at the end of the lease. There is a $50 fee if keys are lost or stolen since we will need to re-key the property for the safety of the other residents.


If you have any auto payments set up on your tenant portal, you will need to stop those auto payments.

Moving Out Early

Kindly complete the Early Move-Out Form if you are planning on moving out early. Please note that moving out early does not relieve your obligation to pay your rent and utilities until the end of the lease term. We are happy to offer a $10 gift card for completing the form.

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