Can I stay past my lease end date? Sometimes, yes. This is called a holdover.

Posted on July 12, 2016

You’ve been living with a while. Now its time to move on, but you need a few extra days. Is this possible?

The move-out date is specified in your lease. That’s the end of your lease. You have to be completely out of the house by a specific time on that date. In some situations, however, it is possible to holdover a little longer. You need to request the holdover and we have to approve it, and you have to pay additional rent for the time you are there. We cannot always grant permission.

Let’s get this out of the way right up front: your agreement ends on the date in the lease. You have NO right to stay beyond that. If you would like to do so, you are making a request. Some people don’t get this and treat our staff badly when we can’t grant a request. Or when they have to actually pay to spend extra time in their home. 

Again, customers are asking for a concession and need to be nice about it and understand that we are doing you a favor if the concession is granted. We want to be able to help you out, but in order to turn all the units over to our next customers, we have to have the time to schedule and process ALL our homes, and by agreeing to allow you to stay longer, it really helps you out, but it costs us in time, effort, and anxiety to get ready for the next group. Think about it this way: You don’t get to sit in a movie theatre after a show is over to watch the next show unless they provide permission and you pay for it. Similarly, you can’t stay in a home you don’t have permission to be in beyond when you had such permission. Makes sense, right? We are happy to help when we can….

Also, if you aren’t sure about why you would have to pay for a partial month, this FAQ about installments will probably help, though most of you would know all this already!

When do you move out?

Your move-out date is in your lease agreement. Most of our student tenants will move out sometime in early August. Everyone else tends to vary throughout the year. For the August dates, the actual date that this occurs depends on the year. For all of these tenants and their homes, we first have to move out the tenants that are already living in the places, then we fix them up, then we move everyone in. There is about a two-week period for us to do all this. Most the time you can lookup your move out date in your portal, but when in doubt, check your lease, or send us a note.

In all cases, the move-out date on the lease is not modifiable by any form of verbal agreement or other communication. We have to move everyone out and in, and the dates are selected to allow us to do this most effectively. That said, often we can accommodate a holdover request.

Can you stay beyond your lease date? Yes, often times you can, but only with approval and only when several key conditions are met…

Sometimes you would really like to move out a little later. We can try to help out. Here’s what has to happen for holdover. Keep in mind that someone is likely moving IN to your place, and they have a date for that too, and we have to have time to fix any existing damage, etc.

  • You need to submit a holdover request.
  • We assess whether its feasible to turn your place around in time and examine what is going on with inbound tenants as well as a number of other factors related to our contractors.
  • You will have to pay a move out fee, due upon agreement execution, which includes paying pro-rata rent for the period of time you will be holding over.
  • You must pay the balance in full for the entire account before the holdover period begins, not just some portion you’ve agreed to among yourselves.
  • The holdover agreement may be revoked at any time for failure to meet any of the conditions above and in the agreement, or if, in our sole opinion, your continued occupancy is detrimental to the condition of the property.
  • You also understand that Elkins Apartments additional repair and maintenance charges, including expedited or overtime charges, may apply if the state of the unit when you leave cannot be corrected using normal operating procedures during the shortened turn around time caused by your electing to holdover.

The key things here are simply: can we make the holdover request happen at all given the status of the unit, incoming tenants, and our office personnel, practices, and protocols? And, are you willing to deal with the extra rent as well as any potential upcharges from the turnover?


Or, if this seems unreasonable… Question:”When do I have to move out?” Answer:”On the date in your lease.” 🙂