What not to Do with Renter’s FurnitureWhatever you do don’t make the mistake of discarding your former tenant’s furniture. That’s only going to open the door for possible legal action. You’ll need to store it safely away somewhere. Here in the state of Florida, you are legally obligated to keep it for at least 15 days. During that period, you must make a good faith effort to contact your former tenant.
Dirty tenants can be landlord’s nightmare, and oh boy, are they expensive! They can bring down the real and perceived value of your rental property. Unclean living conditions will not only damage the property, but they will attract bugs and rodents, and ultimately make it very difficult to re-rent. If you learn to spot a dirty tenant before they become your tenant, you will be able to save yourself a lot of grief. —Landlordology.comOnly after you meet these and more legal obligations can you actually junk all that stuff left behind. If you don’t do this, the tenant does have a legitimate right to file a lawsuit against you. At the very least, that’s a hassle you don’t need to invite.
Kissimmee Rental Home Furniture Disposal GuideWhat you’ll likely have a problem with doing is the furniture removal. Firstly, you can’t just put old furniture on the curb because the local waste collection agency won’t pick it up. You might figure you can sell it, but, no one will be enthusiastic about purchasing furniture arising from such a situation.
- Try to contact the renter. If you know where your former tenant is now living, you can send a letter explaining you have the furniture. You can also put a time limit on the storage, as long as it complies with the law.
- Opt to dispose of the tenant’s furniture. In the state of Florida, you must hold a tenant’s personal possessions for 15 days. Thereafter, if you’ve made good faith contact attempts, you can throw it out or keep it to use, if needed.
- Sell it as a cheap bundle. One thing that keeps people from selling old furniture is trying to get as much money as they can when all they really want is to be rid of it. If you bundle it up and offer it for next to nothing, you might find a buyer. If you don’t, offer it all up for free.
- Donate it to a shelter. We’re not just talking people here, but also, rescue pets. Shelters need furnishings, no matter who they serve and you might well have something that’s really needed.