Moving into a new home is an exciting time. By this point, you have already signed the lease and determined your budget for the upcoming year. The day you move in is also when your tenant responsibilities begin. Your landlord also has responsibilities that they must fulfill in order to keep your home safe and habitable for the duration of your lease. If you experience challenges with your landlord, remember that you do have rights as a tenant and there are many resources in our community that can help you navigate difficult situations regarding your tenancy.
The following list includes the steps that you must take as soon as you move into your new home or just before:
Change Your Address
- Changing your address is a simple process and should be one of the first steps you take when moving into your new home. You can change your address online through the U.S. Postal Service or complete a form at the post office. If you use the online form, you will have to provide a valid email address and credit card number for security and verification purposes.
Document the Condition
- When moving into your rental home, make a record of the condition of the property at the time of possession. Landlords often provide tenants with move-in and move-out rental checklists, too. Complete the checklists and take pictures/video of the entire property from floor to ceiling, preferably prior to moving in any furniture.
- Utility companies generally charge a fee to connect utilities and/or start a new account. When sharing a home with roommates, make sure you are not the only one whose name is on all the utility bills
*Keep in mind that these are just the most commonly used utility service providers in Bend. The city offers a complete list of utilities offered.
Renter’s insurance is a relatively inexpensive way to protect against damage or theft of your belongings. It can also protect you against accidental fire or water damage to the property. Before buying a renter’s insurance policy:
- Check to see if you are covered under your parents’ homeowner’s insurance.
- If you’re not covered under your parents’ policy, estimate how much it would cost to replace your personal belongings. You will also need to decide which items you want to have fully covered (e.g., jewelry, electronics or collectibles).
- If you pay for car insurance, check with your agent to see if you qualify for renter’s insurance at a discounted rate.