Resources for Departing Residents


30 Day Notice to Vacate

Residents must provide at least 30 days written notice. CLICK HERE to complete the Request to Initiate Notice to Vacate Form. Residents are encouraged to provide notice as soon as they begin planning to move, even if you do not yet have orders. In cases where your orders are dated with less than 30 days to the departure date, please contact your community office within three business days to complete the required paperwork. If a service member is not able to provide the written notice to vacate, their spouse may do so with a Special Power of Attorney.

Move-Out Resources

Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes is proud to offer a simple move-out process that eliminates the stressful “white glove” inspections of the past. The resources below define the requirements associated with clearing your home including a cleaning checklist, trash removal and recommendations on how to prepare for your final inspection. The tips provided help avoid confusion and unforeseen costs during move-out.

At your final inspection Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes expects that your home is left clean throughout, including the kitchen, bathroom(s) and garage. When a home is cleaned regularly, it should only require a wipe down, sweep and vacuum at move-out. Normal wear and tear are anticipated and acceptable. Residents are responsible for all damages to their home caused by the abuse or negligence of family members, guests or pets. For example, small nail holes are expected normal wear and tear, large holes are not.

If you are concerned for any reason, you may request a pre-termination inspection with a member of your community office.


Move-Out Preparation FAQs

Do I have to prime or paint walls I painted during residency?
We have established a palette of approved colors for your home. Walls of these colors do not have to be repainted upon move-out unless the paint quality is poor or there is damage to the walls. All painted walls outside of the approved palette will need to be primed prior to your final inspection. No color should show through the primed walls.

Do I have to remove home improvements I made prior to move-out?
Any home improvements that occurred during the residency (unless otherwise approved by management) must be reversed. The home must be returned in its original condition.

How do I properly dispose of household trash, bulk items and hazardous materials prior to move-out?
Click here to view your trash and recycle schedule. If you have large items to dispose, we suggest attempting to donate anything gently used to a local thrift store. If items are broken or damaged, bulk trash, up to 6 cubic square yards (a bed of a pick up truck), can be picked up at no additional cost on your regular scheduled trash day prior to your move out. For additional bulk pick up items, please contact your community office. No bulk items may be left at the curb during your final inspection.

  • Empty propane tanks can be taken to any propane retailer (such as Lowes).
  • Any motor oil used or unused, or any automobile tires must be disposed of properly by the resident prior to move-out.
  • Paint must be left out to evaporate. Empty paint cans and dried paint can be disposed of in normal household trash.
  • Prior to move-out, trash cans and recycle bins must be rinsed out.

For additional disposal information please contact your community office.

How will my BAH allotment work?
We may receive BAH for the portion of the month you did not reside in the home after move-out, because BAH is paid in full-month allotments at the end of each month. Unpaid charges or uncollected money owed is subtracted from the remaining BAH. Move outs scheduled from the 1st through 15th will have the allotment adjusted to reflect the exact amount owed. Move outs scheduled from the 16th through 31st will have full months BAH pulled and a check for any remaining refund will be mailed to the forwarding address provided.


Final Inspection & Move Out Guidelines

During your final inspection, a member of the property management team will walk the home with you to identify any damage above normal wear and tear. Please have all cabinet doors and drawers open to expedite the process. Don’t forget to return house keys, mailbox keys, garage door openers (if applicable) and provide an accurate forwarding address.

Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes will:

  • Provide a list of charged damages and/or cleaning costs.
  • Determine the need for additional estimates for repairs and replacements if needed. Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes reserves the right to assess charges up to two business days after the final inspection.
  • Collect any money due. Please be prepared with a method of payment other than cash. If the lease holder will not be present for the final inspection, a valid Special Power of Attorney (SPOA) will be required for the individual completing the inspection. SPOA must be submitted to and reviewed by the Community Office prior to the final inspection appointment.


When in doubt simply contact your community office for assistance. We encourage you to ask questions and communicate with your community office to clarify any concerns you may have.

Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes would like to thank you for being a valued member of our community. We wish you safe travels and the best of luck on all your future endeavors!

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