Can I have the outgoing tenants leave furniture or other stuff for us?

Posted on May 7, 2018

We are moving into a unit and would like to have the previous tenants leave stuff for us. Can we do this?

NO. Whether you are buying, begging, selling, or giving, you CANNOT leave anything in a home for the next tenants.

There is a purposeful and important gap between tenant groups. The 10 days or so in between tenants does not belong to either group, and is an important and very short time, and is our only opportunity to turn the place over, get it fixed up, and make sure its ready for the new folks who want to move in.

Also, lots of bad things can, and have, happened when people leave stuff for other people.

Folks leaving things for other folks is a giant hassle for everyone and creates many many opportunities for issues to arise.

Some of the things we have seen happen include:

  • Things stay in the unit that the incoming tenants did not intend to stay. Think: Giant piles of junk in several rooms, all labeled “hold for next tenant.”
  • Things don’t stay that they wanted to stay.
  • The unit doesn’t get cleaned as well as we normally would because it is not the cleaners, the painters, the carpet cleaners, nor maintenance’s job to work around stuff left behind.


Can you have previous tenants leave furniture and stuff? No. The above probably wasn’t what you meant when you agreed to take possession of the previous tenants’ dishes! We’ve tried to be amenable to these requests in the past, and it inevitably leads to issues.