I have a tenant I am planning to approve. They cannot move in until August 1 but will pay security deposit now. What order do the transferring of utilities come in all this? I have heard you should not give up the keys until utilities are transferred. So they pay the deposit up front and then the first month rent August 1 but in between the utilities are transferred. One will have to verify this was done before turning in the keys.
They should arrange to have the utilities changed over coinciding with the 1st day of the lease. You can go ahead and make arrangement in advance to cancel your accounts and switch over to the tenant's name.
Tell the tenants you have already ordered your cancellation of the utilities so they should make arrangements asap.