What You need to Know about Rental Home Clean UpDepending on your state’s laws, you might be able to sell, donate, or throw out what the former tenant left behind, or, you might have to hold onto it. If you must hold onto it, there’s a bit of good news–you’ll probably have the right to charge your former tenant reasonable storage fees.
Dealing with a tenant’s abandoned belongings is always bothersome, but it can be downright complicated when the tenant owes you money. If a tenant owes you back rent or money for damage done to the rental unit, you may be inclined to take or sell any property of value that’s left behind — and worry about finding the tenant later. But that’s a risky course to take in many states, even if you have a court judgment stating what the tenant owes. —Nolo.comThese fees vary by location, and you should know what your state deems reasonable. However, if you follow the law and are still stuck with their abandoned property, you might have to go the furniture removal route.
Furniture Removal for LandlordsShould you need furniture removal to empty your rental property so you can cleanup and lease the home out again, don’t waste time, money, and effort, doing it yourself. Instead, you can call a junk hauling service to do the furniture removal. You won’t have to deal with it, and, you’ll be able to write-off the expense when you file your taxes. Simply do the following:
- Pick and time and date you can open or meet the junk removal service. Or, you can have your property manager do the same to supervise, if necessary.
- Ensure you have the right to remove furniture from the property. While you might own the property, you don’t necessarily own everything inside. Remember, personal possessions are generally off limits (at least, for a specific period of time). Only then, can you actually remove the tenant’s possessions legally.
- Give the tenant notice and an option to claim their stuff. Here again, you must abide by the law, and give your former tenant notice, along with the ability and access to claim their personal property.