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Old 11-02-2010, 07:12 AM  
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That would be great if you could find something like that. Most of the junk from my childhood is just worthless.


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if its made with good quality, then it is a good investment


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You have to be careful with what you do with other people stuff.
We had someone 3 months behind in there rent, notice had been given in hand by the sherrif for them to move out and they skipped town.
The only thing they took was some furniture that really belonged to Rent to Own and a lawn mower that belonged to the new people buying the house that they had stored in the shed. There was a plate full of food still sitting on the table, 2, juck cars, the kids clothes and toys had been dumped out and were all over the house, cartains of cig. A jar with change in it, food in the cabinets and still in the ref. It looked like someone just got up and walked out.
I was told to go there and take everything to the dump and keep anything I wanted, just get it cleaned out ASAP so it could be sold.
Two months later the old tenet came back and kicked the door in thinking his stuff was still in there. Someone saw him doing it so we called the police.
When we went to court he won because we were suppost to hold his stuff in storage and post in the local newspaper for 30 days and pay for storage for at least that long.
To me that just makes no since but that's the law. He did not even have to pay for the damage to the door.
If stuffs left behind try and get it in writing it's now yours.
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Old 01-20-2011, 10:02 AM  
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You have to be careful with what you do with other people stuff.
We had someone 3 months behind in there rent, notice had been given in hand by the sherrif for them to move out and they skipped town.
The only thing they took was some furniture that really belonged to Rent to Own and a lawn mower that belonged to the new people buying the house that they had stored in the shed. There was a plate full of food still sitting on the table, 2, juck cars, the kids clothes and toys had been dumped out and were all over the house, cartains of cig. A jar with change in it, food in the cabinets and still in the ref. It looked like someone just got up and walked out.
I was told to go there and take everything to the dump and keep anything I wanted, just get it cleaned out ASAP so it could be sold.
Two months later the old tenet came back and kicked the door in thinking his stuff was still in there. Someone saw him doing it so we called the police.
When we went to court he won because we were suppost to hold his stuff in storage and post in the local newspaper for 30 days and pay for storage for at least that long.
To me that just makes no since but that's the law. He did not even have to pay for the damage to the door.
If stuffs left behind try and get it in writing it's now yours.
That's terrible, sorry to hear it.
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What did they leave?
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Were you asking me? ^_^ They left the fan on and it probably had a shortcircuit, almost burned the house down.
That's terrible, luck you. Honestly, I hardly ever remember to turn my fans off before I leave, I understand how a mistake could be made.
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On a junk removal job/move out we picked up a weight set worth about $600. We told the guy its probably is worth something but he just wanted it gone. We sold it on craigslist and donated the proceeds to our local 4-H group.
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You're generous to give back all the rental deposit. To me the house should be delivered in habitable shape with the exception of minor cleaning (like dusting trim or small paint touch ups). That means all stuff out! I charge for the removal of left behind items. I don't need the hassle of disposing someone's discards and my incoming tenants deserve a pristine home.

That being said, my own discards and some of the nicer ones I have had left by tenants in the past I've put up on Freecycle.org and just watch it disappear. I've posted stupid stuff that I can't imagine someone wanting to drive to pick up (one odd sized lampshade) to pieces of furniture and kids stuff.

It's great for DIY stuff too. Any left over materials or things I'm replacing go on Freecycle or Craigslist.org. Half a can of paint. One open box of flooring. Stuff I know would just sit in the basement unused. I got rid of a whole picket fence we replaced from our back yard. Even though half was rotting, someone paid us $100 and took all the panels saving us at least that much in hassle and disposal fees.

I found on craigslist trying to give stuff away for free usually leaves you stuck waiting for a bunch of no-shows. Charge anything and they'll be fighting each other for it. Freecyclers seem very concientious about being serious in their inquiry and prompt with pick-ups in my experience.

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I could see charging for stuff left behind. Sometimes you can get useful things, but much of the time its just garbage takes up room or costs for removal. It seems like Nester got a good deal with his left behinds though! Putting things on craigslist seems like more trouble than its worth. Donating it is a good thing and if it goes to a dump, get a reicept!
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Ah, yes, the things renters leave behind. Let's see, it's been a few years, but let me try--13 broken windows (kid had a beebee gun), battery acid burns in much of the livingroom carpeting and kitchen flooring, caused when he wheeled his crashed motorcycle through the house "to keep it from getting stolen," smashed door jam and casing (he "lost his key again, and didn't want to bother us"), etc., etc.

So after we replaced the carpeting and flooring, and had the door replaced, we just took it out of his security deposit--except there wasn't a security deposit, because the wife felt sorry for him and was friends with his mother, etc. Oh, and did I mention the last 2 month's rent that he never bothered paying?
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I had a tenant leave behind fleas in one of my rental properties and then tried to get a lawyer involved because I had to take some of his deposit to pay for the service.


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