The mover’s checklist includes notifications of moving, returning keys and cleaning the apartment, among other things. 

If you are moving out of a Heka apartment, be sure to take care of the notifications of moving and return your keys on time, among other things. 

  • Terminate your rental agreement in accordance with the notice period.
  • If an occupant other than the party to the rental agreement (such as your family’s child who has become of age) moves out of the Heka apartment you are renting, report it to Heka on the Resident Portal (Service requests - Submit a notice of moving out).
  • Submit a statutory notification of moving to the Digital and Population Data Services Agency.
  • Return all apartment keys and other property keys in your possession (e.g. keys to shared facilities, garage keys, car electric outlet keys and laundry room keys) to your regional office. If you have installed a security lock on your door and will be leaving it there when you move out, also hand over its keys as well.
  • Terminate your electricity contract so that you do not have to pay for them unnecessarily after your move.

Cleaning checklist when moving out

Carefully cleaning the apartment before moving is not only a helping hand for the next tenant, but also otherwise sensible and in accordance with good rental practice.

When the rent agreement ends, the final cleaning of the apartment is the responsibility of the tenant moving out. If the moving out cleaning is neglected, the lessor has the right to charge the tenant separately for the neglect in accordance with the valid damage compensation price list.

In addition to cleaning, the tenant must make sure that they have removed all their own belongings from the apartment, storage cage, balcony and storages for bikes and pushchairs when moving out.

Items that are no longer needed must not be taken to the waste collection point or left in the staircase. Such items must be taken to a Sortti Station or recycling centre. 

When cleaning an apartment, remember to:

Apartment in general

  • Vacuum the floors, wipe them clean with detergent and remove any stains.
  • Wipe down the doors, walls, cabinets, shelves, drawers, door frames and surfaces and
  • remove any stains. Clean the windows, weather permitting. Always clean
  • them from the inside.
  • Clean the air vents, either on the wall or in a window frame.


  • Clean the stove and oven, and ensure to also pull out the stove to vacuum and clean behind the stove.
  • Clean the wire oven racks and oven trays.
  • Defrost and clean the fridge and freezer. Take care not to let any water spill on the floor when defrosting.
  • Remember to turn the fridge and freezer off and to leave the doors open.
  • Clean the kitchen hood and extractor fan. (if there is one in the apartment)
  • Remove and clean the grease filter of the kitchen hood. (if there is one in the apartment)
  • Clean the kitchen sink.
  • Empty and clean the bins.
  • Wipe down the cabinets, drawers and surfaces on the inside and outside.

Bathroom and sauna

  • Clean the mirrors and other surfaces.
  • Clean the toilet bowl and sink.
  • Wipe down the walls and floors.
  • Clean the floor drain.
  • Wipe down the laundry cabinet/cabinets
  • Clean the sauna benches and floor. (if there is one in the apartment)

Balcony/patio and storage cage

  • Empty and clean. If you have put in any deck tiles or similar, you also have to remove them.

Also remember to

  • Put lamp socket plates or plugs and screw terminals in their places.
  • All lamps in fixtures, such as the oven and kitchen hood, must be in working order. 
  • If you have put in mirror tiles, the tiles must be removed and, if necessary, the wall surface restored.
  • You can leave a safety lock on the door.  If it is removed, cover plates must be installed.
  • If you have installed your own dishwasher in the apartment, remember to return the removed cabinet to its place in the kitchen. To avoid water damage, make sure that the water and sewer connections are plugged when removing the dishwasher and washing machine. For more information on plugging, please contact your regional office.
  • If you notice any irregularities in the surface materials of the wet room or leaking plumbing fixtures during cleaning, submit a defect notification immediately.

Apartment inspection 

We will check the condition of the apartment at the end of the rental agreement. We will charge the tenant for any damage they have caused to the apartment through negligence or intentionally (e.g. damaged door, missing cabinet door). However, the tenant is not responsible for the normal wear of the apartment (e.g. wall mounting marks). By law, the tenant has an obligation to report any damage without delay during the tenancy. If the tenant fails to comply with this obligation, they may have to pay for the damage.

Read about normal wear

The tenant’s own installations

The apartment must be returned in all respects to the state in which it was before the tenant’s independent alterations, unless otherwise agreed upon with the regional office.

If you have installed a door chain, peephole or security lock on your door and do not want to leave them in place, you must install the appropriate cover pieces on the door and tidy the traces left by the door chain if necessary.

Leave the permitted own structures and plantings in the apartment yard in place as you move out, unless you have agreed otherwise with the regional office.