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What Happens If You Leave Furniture inside your Apartment When Moving Out?

Are you moving to another city and don’t want to take your existing furniture along from your old apartment?

What happens if you end up leaving your furniture?

Find out in this article.

Can You Leave Furniture in an Apartment?

In general, you are responsible to take out all your furniture.

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Unless specific arrangements have been made otherwise with your landlord, it is not advisable to leave furniture in your apartment when you move out.

If you move out and leave furniture behind, you could be charged by your landlord for disposal (check your lease and local specifics). Moreover, it could be deducted from your security deposit.

Can You Leave Anything Behind?

Generally speaking, no! You cannot leave anything behind unless it is specified in your contract or otherwise agreed to in writing. Most leases stipulate that you must return the apartment in the same condition you received, less normal wear and tear. If you leave anything behind, you are most likely liable for the cost of disposal.

Will My Furniture Be Thrown Out?

Your furniture will likely be disposed of or thrown out and this cost will be passed on to you – either by taking it from your security deposit and/or by sending you a bill (if cost exceeds your security deposit or you have other damage).

To avoid disputes or additional costs, it is best to get everything out of the apartment before or on move out.

If you are a landlord with furniture left on your property, check your local state and ordinance guidelines to find out how to best deal with the situation.

Where to get rid of furniture?

If you are looking for ways to get rid of apartment furniture, first check with your apartment building. There may be a way that for an additional fee they can arrange for bulk trash pick up. Secondarily, you may be able to donate to Goodwill, Salvation Army, or similar if you can get the furniture there.



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