Plenty, I never saw Brad's original post on that, but Missouri's laws on abandonment are pretty clear.
1) Rent unpaid for 30 days, minimum.
2) Tenant has not been at the property for 30 days AND gives no indication they intend to return in the next 30 days. So if they text you on Day 29 "I'm coming to get my stuff"...well, shucks....
I do not rely on the abandonment statutes, especially since the timeline can be reset so quickly and easily by a tenant. If rent is unpaid for 7 days, I file eviction. Much faster and more certain. Once I get the writ of possession, they have 5 days to clear out or we can legally toss it all.
If you're talking about move-outs where tenant leaves stuff, our lease is clear: until we get keys or tenant confirms they are done moving, they still owe rent at holdover rate, just as if they didn't move out. This also conforms to RSMO. I communicate this clearly to tenants: get your stuff or send me a note that you're done. If not, you still owe rent.
I like the boxes idea, but not sure it would fly here. --173.20.xxx.xxx