Can I be charged $700 for leaving furniture after I move out?

I moved out of my last apartment in NYC recently, but left behind a couch and a table. I told my landlords that I was doing this, and they said it was ok. Now they have changed their minds and have told me that I have to remove them or I will be charged $700. I will also note that the previous occupants left behind furniture when I moved in and this was fine.

Asked on August 2, 2012 under Real Estate Law, New York


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Here is the thing: the general rule is that a tenant must keave an apartment "broom clean" and free of their belingings when they vacate. If your landlord has agreed to let you leave things behind it has to be in writing.  Otherwise the landlord can charge what would be a reasonable amount to have them removed.  And that could be from your security deposit.  Good luck.

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