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Junk left behind (by Roy [AL]) Sep 24, 2022 12:47 PM
       Junk left behind (by Plenty [MO]) Sep 24, 2022 12:53 PM
       Junk left behind (by Jo [CT]) Sep 24, 2022 1:18 PM
       Junk left behind (by JR [ME]) Sep 24, 2022 1:36 PM
       Junk left behind (by Ken [NY]) Sep 24, 2022 1:46 PM
       Junk left behind (by Sorta Blonde [CA]) Sep 24, 2022 2:11 PM
       Junk left behind (by MikeA [TX]) Sep 24, 2022 3:26 PM
       Junk left behind (by Steve [MA]) Sep 24, 2022 5:12 PM
       Junk left behind (by Jim in O C [CA]) Sep 24, 2022 5:36 PM
       Junk left behind (by Roy [AL]) Sep 24, 2022 5:53 PM
       Junk left behind (by Ken [NY]) Sep 24, 2022 7:07 PM
       Junk left behind (by LTD [AZ]) Sep 24, 2022 10:00 PM
       Junk left behind (by Hoosier [IN]) Sep 25, 2022 12:07 AM
       Junk left behind (by Roy [AL]) Sep 25, 2022 4:59 AM
       Junk left behind (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Sep 25, 2022 7:00 AM
       Junk left behind (by Ken [NY]) Sep 25, 2022 9:36 AM
       Junk left behind (by Roy [AL]) Sep 25, 2022 12:33 PM
       Junk left behind (by Pat [VA]) Sep 25, 2022 1:33 PM
       Junk left behind (by LTD [AZ]) Sep 25, 2022 1:44 PM
       Junk left behind (by Gail K [GA]) Sep 25, 2022 5:53 PM
       Junk left behind (by Roy [AL]) Sep 25, 2022 6:38 PM
       Junk left behind (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Sep 25, 2022 7:58 PM
       Junk left behind (by S i d [MO]) Sep 26, 2022 10:44 AM
       Junk left behind (by David L. [OH]) Sep 26, 2022 11:51 AM
       Junk left behind (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Sep 27, 2022 11:11 AM
       Junk left behind (by don [PA]) Oct 3, 2022 10:22 PM
       Junk left behind (by David Krulac [PA]) Oct 6, 2022 9:56 AM

Junk left behind (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Sep 24, 2022 12:47 PM

What percentage of your tenants who vacate, leave behind worthless junk for you to dispose of? I am referring all of the junk tenants buy at Walmart, use it once or twice and then leave at the property after they have vacated. How do you dispose of it? --71.207.xxx.x

Junk left behind (by Plenty [MO]) Posted on: Sep 24, 2022 12:53 PM

99% / i call a one time junk guy whom I randomly choose from Craigslist to pickup and I pay them and take it out of the security deposit. On occasion I will use the regular trash service taking the metal to recycling. BUT i do not want this stuff sitting at the property for more than a day or two. It just looks bad and could attract a break in or something negative. EACH time I ask "why do they think they can do this?" take your junk with you, start getting rid of it when you give notice and why do you think it's ok to leave it? baffled every time. I keep calling junk guys on CL until one is available to come TODAY and NOW or before the end of the day. --172.58.xxx.xx

Junk left behind (by Jo [CT]) Posted on: Sep 24, 2022 1:18 PM

I deal with a student population. Lots of times they move in and when they leave they don’t want to take all their stuff with them so I always ask them if there’s anything they want to leave behind let me know so I can approve it. I have furnished my rentals with really nice things that the students leave behind with my approval.

Beautiful leather couches, nice beds, bureaus, pots pans dishes, makes it easy to rent to summer students part time who only move in with their clothing.

I recently rented to two international students from France who are working at the local university. The rooms are furnished with beds, bureaus, bedding and they were so appreciative as a non furnished room would have been difficult. --68.191.xx.xxx

Junk left behind (by JR [ME]) Posted on: Sep 24, 2022 1:36 PM

Almost always departing tenants leave junk behind, despite written instructions to remove everything they have brought into and onto the property. Most common items are outdoor stuff, like planter pots, children's plastic junk toys, tires, televisions, paint from unauthorized paint jobs, mismatched clothes hangers and weird cleaning supplies from dollar general. --174.196.xxx.xxx

Junk left behind (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Sep 24, 2022 1:46 PM

Most of the time in class c rentals i get a load or less of a pickup load. I buy a lot of foreclosures and almost everyone has a 30 yard dumpster full of stuff left behind,just won an auction last week and i bet there is 2-3 30 yard dumpsters of stuff.It is an estate and the guy must have died and everything is left,pills,couch everything,what a mess,i dont even think his kids picked through the place --74.77.xx.xx

Junk left behind (by Sorta Blonde [CA]) Posted on: Sep 24, 2022 2:11 PM

I am lucky (or unlucky) enough to live on a main street with my rentals behind me. When tenants leave stuff, I just lug it out to the curb and put a FREE sign on it. Usually everything (even stuff that looks crappy) is gone within an hour. Worked for mega years. I also put out MY old stuff and neighbors are so happy to gather it all up. One guy actually compiled all the leftover cardboard boxes and made me a neat pile over night. Nice. Only works if people drive by all the time on the way to shopping centers. Don't have to pay to get rid of it or call the trash company to pick it up. --174.65.xxx.xx

Junk left behind (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Sep 24, 2022 3:26 PM

I just had this situation where tenant went south, ended up in jail, and through a course of events left half a house full of junk. Most of it was no problem. Load up the descent stuff and take it to a thrift store that serves a women's ministry. The rest went in the dumpsters in the alley.

They did leave my first ever piano though. That one was a problem. That beast must have weighed 1000 pounds. It was in the garage and it took two of us to slide it out onto the driveway. I put it on FB and Craigslist for free for over a week hoping someone would haul it off. Lots of inquiries, several stopped by but no one had a trailer (it was too big for a pickup) and enough strong backs to load it. After a week I gave up and salvaged some good walnut boards that I'll use in my shop and sledge hammered out about 400 pounds of cast iron that will go to the scrapper. What was left went in the dumpsters. Who knew a piano would be such a problem. --209.205.xxx.xx

Junk left behind (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Sep 24, 2022 5:12 PM

I have about 85% of my tenants leave some of their "treasures" behind for me to dispose of. Of these most of them have already made arrangements with me to dispose of their "treasures" & bill them for this service.

The most usual item left behind was a full real skeleton in a simple pine coffin. He was an artist & use it for his drawing. --71.184.xxx.xxx

Junk left behind (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Sep 24, 2022 5:36 PM

I have none or very little. In my move out instructions I advise all junk-trash will removed by a JUNK company and charged against their SD. Minimum charge is $100.00. --99.23.xxx.x

Junk left behind (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Sep 24, 2022 5:53 PM

I measure junk left behind by the # of pick-up truck loads it takes to get all of the debris to the county dump, which is just 3 miles away. Most of the stuff my tenants leave behind not even the scavengers will take it. Used tires, car batteries, motor oil, and tons of filthy unwashed clothes. Bag it up and throw it in the truck. --71.207.xxx.x

Junk left behind (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Sep 24, 2022 7:07 PM

Roy,junk batteries can be sold at a scrap yard or i have my guys take them to Auto zone and they give me a gift card for them. --74.77.xx.xx

Junk left behind (by LTD [AZ]) Posted on: Sep 24, 2022 10:00 PM

I'm looking for a crock pot if someone leaves a nice one, but I'm too cheap to go to Walmart. I'll pay postage... ;)

It took me three years to sell my mother's gorgeous antique piano. But I finally got $400 for it. They are like $25,000 new. :( My fingers are too stubby for piano or guitar. So of course in Jr High band they gave me the bass fiddle! I quit and joined the choir. Much easier to tranport a voice. ;) --47.216.xxx.xxx

Junk left behind (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Sep 25, 2022 12:07 AM

My Experience is that they either leave nothing or they leave a whole bunch of stuff. If they leave a whole bunch of stuff, I try to get them on record saying they don’t want any of it and get that in writing so that you don’t have to store it, then I either load up my pickup or call a junk removal company depending on how much they leave. If they won’t respond, by law I have to store it and I do that in one of my other rental garage for 30 days. Take lots of photos as it sits in the house…so if you do dispose of it and they later claim it was in excellent condition you have proof it was “junk”.

I had one lady leave a large piano lol…took 3 guys to load into truck. I got her to text me that she didn’t want it and had no place to put it…so we took it to city dump. --99.92.xxx.xxx

Junk left behind (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Sep 25, 2022 4:59 AM

Ken - Nobody wants to touch a used car battery when it is leaking battery acid.

LTD - I have the tenant crock pot you requested. This one was probably used to cook meth in but I am sure it still works. I will Fed-x to you.

Hoosier- Thank God we (in AL) are not required to store/catalog a tenant's junk for 30 days. That would be an absolute nightmare.


Junk left behind (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Sep 25, 2022 7:00 AM

Clothes if can be washed can be donated to the clothing bins. Hwe only what is not recycleed can be placed out for garbage day. Plastic, glass, metal cans, paper must be put in blue box or clear plastic bag. Often what is not broken is donated. Dishes, clean clothing can be donated to Salvation Army. A lead acid battery can be taken to a scrape metal as they pay for old lead acid batteries. Here they give a reduction if old battery is returned when buying a new car battery. E waste or smaller batteries can be thrown with regular garbage. There is a limit of two clear bags of regular garbage where keep until next week then over a few weeks will clear up everything. So far avoided to the waste trensfer station. Here those who live multi residentail housing do not care about environment where they think there is endless land available for garbage dumps. --68.69.xxx.xxx

Junk left behind (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Sep 25, 2022 9:36 AM

Roy,every crackhead in town would take a leaking battery --74.77.xx.xx

Junk left behind (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Sep 25, 2022 12:33 PM

Robert in Canada,

I am convinced many of my tenants do not wash their clothes and just buy new ones at Walmart instead. The dirty ones they leave behind are downright filthy. I once took these clothes

to the Goodwill Store and they refused to accept them! And any TV that has a tube in it (they call them 'pregnant TV's') are also immediately rejected. I have quit donating anything and just bag it and take it to the dump.


Junk left behind (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: Sep 25, 2022 1:33 PM

I'm always relieved when a place is emptied out, even if it's not clean I figure I'm on the positive side.

Last year we had a singlewide left full of broken junk. T.V.'s, clothes, broken furniture. The guy said his brother was coming to get it, yeah, right! He had rented from us for 5 years, and the last 3, I don't think they had cleaned at all. Plus, he didn't buy a county sticker so the auto-arm wouldn't raise to allow into county dumpsters.

I have had decent tenants to leave a few nice things behind, but for the most part, junk.

My last & only turnover this year was emptied out and clean, I deducted her days into the month and returned the rest. --216.126.xx.xxx

Junk left behind (by LTD [AZ]) Posted on: Sep 25, 2022 1:44 PM

@ Roy - LOL thanks, nothing like a little meth to spice up the beef stew. Maybe I can go dance nekked in the center medium like the guy the other night the police were chasing down the highway. :D --47.216.xxx.xxx

Junk left behind (by Gail K [GA]) Posted on: Sep 25, 2022 5:53 PM

I'm a big fan of donating stuff and trying to avoid loading up the landfill. I've donated so much stuff to our local Catholic Social Services and the Habitat For Humanity store I'm surprised I haven't gotten a letter from either asking me not to show up anymore. BTW the local Habitat For Humanity store now checks carefully what folks want to donate. They've stopped taking furniture because they got overloaded with such and much of it was in poor condition.

I'll wash and dry usable clothing, bed sheets, towels, etc. before donating them to Catholic Social Services (which runs a pretty nice store) as many low income folks shop there.

Ironically a young man who lives around the corner from the rental we're currently working on often asks for items I would toss into the Junk in the Box container we use. He claims he always has a use for such stuff and dropping him off at his place it looks like a giant yard sale should be pending. He's mentioned several times wanting to rent my place and not only could he not afford the rent (he's living in a place where the rent is just $450) but I picture moving with all these "valuables" he has.

It seems that many low income folks not only flock to places like yard sales, pick up stuff left at the curb for "later repair" that never happens or find it very difficult to toss out anything useless for fear they could have used it later.


Junk left behind (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Sep 25, 2022 6:38 PM


One reason I want to sell my D hood houses is due to hoarding which is very common in D hoods. In D hoods, it seems everyone is hoarding something and I am tired of disposing of this worthless junk once my tenants vacate. In C hoods, some hoarding does happen but it is nothing on the massive scale that the D hood tenants produce. --71.207.xxx.x

Junk left behind (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Sep 25, 2022 7:58 PM

Found when the rent is increased can offer a better rental unit along get a better quality tenant. Suppose in a building a tenant wanted a refurbished rental unit when they completely trashed out existing rental unit then call you a slumlord. Said if interested in refurbished rental unit that was $900 so they moved out then only had to refurbish the completely trashed out rental unit. Over time raised when vacant there vacancy decontrol then would accept anyone with a credit score below the seven hundreds. After the Bolshevik revolution people did not change where alcoholism and worlds oldest profession did not change. A revolution is the tenancy has to be changed. --68.69.xxx.xxx

Junk left behind (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Sep 26, 2022 10:44 AM

I used to have massive trash outs on about half my turn overs. But today, very few leave anything behind. Those that do...maybe an old couch or mattress and a few small kitchen items that they just forgot in the flurry/hurry of move out.

If there's a "big" item or two like a couch or mattress, my handyman hauls everything off for about $60-$80.

This once again goes back to screening. Since implementing the 2-minute in home inspection, my problems with this have gone down significantly. Good renters who keep a clean and tidy home take pride in their possessions and -- more importantly -- take their possessions with them. --184.4.xx.xx

Junk left behind (by David L. [OH]) Posted on: Sep 26, 2022 11:51 AM

I always end of up with stuff. I put it on the front porch and a "free" sign on it for about 48 hours and the rest goes to the curb for the trash man. I always try to do all of this just a few days before trash day. I hate having stuff sit on the curb too long. Once in a while we take stuff to Goodwill. Mostly kids stuff. --70.62.xxx.xxx

Junk left behind (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Sep 27, 2022 11:11 AM

I used to get huge loads. I then made it very clear to the residents at move in. If you leave even just one bag, I need to charge you at least $50 to get someone to haul that away for me. Then I ask them, can you $50 more than the person that I will have to call.

After they answer me, I make sure to let them know that it is in both of our best interest not to have me deal with there crap. Suddenly, the volume in the loads of crap decreased. I feel like I should be even more strict with my move in training so they can get more money back.

In my business model, I make the most money when I don't have to do as much at turn over. Perhaps you are getting more money as a security deposit so it doesn't matter as much. For me, just the aggravation is too much though. If someone is training them though, but not telling them what is not acceptable and doing follow up inspections - you will get only what you inspect.

AT ;east for me - The lazier I am, the less money I make.


Junk left behind (by don [PA]) Posted on: Oct 3, 2022 10:22 PM

With departing tenants "I've got everything out" translates as "I've got everything I WANT out." --70.90.xx.xxx

Junk left behind (by David Krulac [PA]) Posted on: Oct 6, 2022 9:56 AM

One time a tenant left a bunch of stuff inclding a piano and a small carboard box that was filled with white powder. At first I thought it was drugs, but no tenant would be stupid enough to leave any valuables. Finally, i figured out that it was cremated remains. I called the tenant and demanded that he come back and "get his mother." --152.208.xx.xxx

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