Commerce, MI asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan

Q: son lease ended August 15th and he turned in his keys. brother leased the same apartment. Lease was to begin August 26.

Signed early occupancy for August 15th, The day his brothers lease ended. First son left all furniture, tv’s and personal belongings for brother to have. Brother did not pick up keys to move in until the 21st. On August 17, Landlord threw out all belongings left in apartment.

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Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Fowlerville, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: That is not a question, you've simply made some factual assertions. What is your question? Did the landlord have the right to pitch the stuff? Depends on the terms of the leases. If the one said 'anything left becomes property of the landlord' and the other said 'the rental is unfurnished' then the landlord had the right to remove the stuff.

If the tenants said 'I'm leaving this furniture for my brother' and did that in a way you can prove (ie in writing!) and the landlord pitched it anyway, you may have a claim for damages. It all depends on a lot of things you don't say.

Best answer? Get a local attorney to review ALL the paperwork and facts and you're more likely to get real advice. As it is we're guessing here, and that is NEVER a good thing to rely on!

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