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Last update on September 22, 2020

If you’re moving in Russia, here are 10 things to check before moving out of an apartment in Russia, from forwarding your mail to changing your registered details.

Moving home can be stressful wherever you are, but even more so when you are in a foreign country. Use these top 10 tips for ensure moving out of an apartment in Russia goes smoothly.

1. Give notice to your landlord

When you sign for a lease for your apartment, you receive a contract, which registers with the Federal Registration Service (www.rosregistr.ru). This is in Russian, although you may receive an English translation of the document. The amount of notice you must give is in the agreement. Let your landlord or rental agency know in plenty of time before you plan on moving out of an apartment in Russia.

2. Organize payment of utility bills

In Russia, the landlord typically pays the bills. They then add these costs to the rental price each month. As a result, you may not have to worry about finalizing utilities. However, there may be additional bills that you must pay yourself. Confirm the details of these and ensure that you have requested a final bill before moving out of an apartment in Russia.

3. Cancel your telephone and television subscriptions

If you have a telephone line, broadband, or a satellite television subscription, you must cancel them and abide by the termination terms in their contracts.

4. Arrange for mail forwarding

It can be difficult, or even impossible, to return to your old address to collect mail. So it is advisable to arrange for your mail to be forwarded to your new address. The Russian postal system can be a bit hit and miss in terms of the time it takes for delivery times. Using a mail delivery service is advisable.

5. Update your driving license

If you have a Russian driver’s license or an International Driving Permit registered to your address in Russia, you must inform the GIBDD (the Moscow Road Police) of your move. Head to one of the local offices to update your details or cancel the license completely if you are leaving the country.

6. Update your vehicle registration

You also must change the details on any vehicle you have in Russia. This can only be done at the GIBDD office located on Radialnaya Street in Moscow. It can pay to have a translator with you to help make changing your details run smoothly. If applicable, investigate whether you can export your vehicle to a different country, as it isn’t always possible.

7. Inform your doctor and dentist

If you have registered with a dentist and doctor in Russia, whether they are with a local company or are one of the English-speaking options available, you should inform them that you are moving out of an apartment in Russia to a new one.

8. Leave the property in good order

Included in your lease agreement with your landlord, there is likely to be a clause concerning the condition of the property. You should leave the property in the same condition as when you moved in. This may mean making minor repairs prior to leaving in order to ensure you get your deposit back.

9. Get your rental deposit back

If you have been renting your home, you will need to get your deposit back from the landlord or rental agency. The standard deposit in Russia is one month’s rent. This is paid back to you at the end of your agreement, providing the property is in the same condition as when you moved in.

10. Ensure all of your belongings are with you

It might sound a more suitable comment at the end of a flight or train journey, but you should ensure that all of your belongings have been collected before handing the keys back to the landlord or agent. Once you have exited the property and handed over the keys, you may find it difficult to get anything back that you have left behind.

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