2. Tell your landlord your plans

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2. Tell your landlord your plans

Telling your landlord your plans can sometimes help you to avoid other problems.

Moving early

You should tell your landlord if you plan to move some of your things early. For example, you might want to move big items like furniture one day then come back another day for your other things. You have the right to do this as long as everything is out by the last day of your tenancy, or within 72 hours after you are evicted by the Sheriff.

If you do move some things early, make sure your landlord knows you are coming back for the other things. It is best to put this in writing.

Moving late

You should tell your landlord if you will not be able to move all your things out on time. Your landlord might agree to give you more time. Or they might agree to other arrangements, such as storing your things for you somewhere in the building or nearby.

It is best to put your request, and any agreement you make with your landlord, in writing. If any of your belongings are especially valuable or more important to you than they might appear to someone else, tell the landlord this in writing too.

Although you don't have a legal right to extra time, some court decisions say your landlord must still act reasonably. So it might help if you can prove that your landlord knew you did not mean to abandon your belongings.

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Reviewed: December 31, 2015

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