Apartment Move Out

Steps for properly vacating your Western Michigan University Apartment include giving advance notice at least 35 days before the date of your lease or contract expiration, conducting a pre-vacate inspection with your resident manager, thoroughly cleaning your room, and returning your keys on the listed vacate date.

Additional information for Western View residents. 

Cleaning to vacate

Before your final inspection, all belongings must be moved out and the apartment thoroughly cleaned. Cleaning fees will be assessed if the apartment is not cleaned.


You are considered to be in possession of your apartment and are responsible for rent and penalty fees until the keys are returned to either the Residence Life office, to your resident manager, or the drop box outside of the Faunce Student Services Building.

Final inspection

Your resident manager completes the final inspection once your belongings are completely removed from your room and you are ready to turn in your keys. If you would like to be present for this final inspection, you will need to schedule an appointment at least one week in advance with your resident manager. Items left of value will be held for 30 days and, if not claimed, will either be disposed of or sold at auction. A fee may be assessed for removal of abandoned property.

During the final inspection of your apartment, the move-out checklist will be compared with the move-in checklist. An itemized list of damages and the estimated costs of repair will be mailed to you within 30 days. The costs of repairs will be charged to your student account. Any disputes about the damage list must be received within seven days of damage notification.