Moving Out and In Within 2 Hours

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
4413 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Does your new lease have a move-in date on it? When I was moving into a new apartment a few years ago, they tried to pull the same “the old tenants actually need some extra time to move out; can you push back until Monday?” But my new lease specified my move-in date was that Saturday, so I just said “I won’t be able to accommodate that, sorry” and they had to let me move in on that saturday. To hell with the old tenants. A contract is a contract.

So if your lease says you move in on the Friday, then you do NOT have to accommodate the former tenants wanting to take their time.

Post # 3
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014


ElayneRunner:  Sounds like your apartment complex doesn’t have a very organized system put together, which is concerning on its own. Any apartment I’ve ever lived in, we HAD to give a 30 day notice of the EXACT day we were moving out, and HAD to turn in our keys by that day. I can’t believe the previous tenants were allowed to have that much power over when the could move out– that’s bad management on your new apartment’s part. That’s totally unprofessional and unfair to keep you and your FI in lingo– this is your life, not a game. While I think you’ll find a way to manage, I don’t blame you for your stress and am sorry that you are having to deal with something that shouldn’t have to be dealt with.

Post # 4
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Sounds weird to me, as usually there’s cleaning, painting, etc. So there should be some wiggle room, it typically isn’t one person out, the next in without at least a day in between.

Post # 5
42101 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You can move as much as possible head of time to someone else’s place who can store it for you. Only keep those things at your current place that you absolutely must have and need for the final week and when you first move into your new home.

The more stuff you can move elsewhere , the easier it will be for you to clean.

Post # 7
2455 posts
Buzzing bee

ElayneRunner:  What do you mean no lease is involved?

And she can reimburse them pro-rated a couple of days. They don’t need “extra time”. When you’re suppose to move out, you move out. Tell her someone is moving into your place and allowing that extra time just isn’t acceptable.

Post # 8
397 posts
Helper bee

Yeah- I don’t think I could ever rent a space without a lease. I’d be weary of anyone willing to rent without one, just the same. It’s sole purpose is to prevent things like this from happening.

I’m assuming you paid in advance for your move-in date? They may have paid, but she had a verbal agreement with you. So, ask her what she would suggest for you to do, since she got you into this mess (she never confirmed a move out date with them prior to giving you a move in date???).

Post # 9
1016 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

no lease = not the end of this story. 

no lease = you’re hooped if she just decides tomorrow that she wants a day or week or month or whatever to renovate the place.

no lease = rent increases, service decreases as desired by landlord.

no lease = you can be kicked out at any time.

GET A LEASE! Hopefully you can put this part behind you and get a lease going forward. As in, with this landlord and this unit, with very clear move in and move out dates and every single thing that is expected of you as well as what falls under the landlord’s responsibility. 

Post # 10
397 posts
Helper bee

Also, she “hopes” to get the keys on Sunday night? Um, that would not sit well with me. Given the flakiness from the get-go, I would be highly concerned with what you will do if/when that doesn’t happen.

Post # 11
15014 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Wait, I used to work in the rental industry and you are expected to move into a place that hasn’t been properly cleaned or maintenance checked in between renters? Ummm, what!? Same with the one your moving out of? No lease? This whole thing isn’t a good situation, IMO, nor does it sound legal. 

Post # 12
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

ElayneRunner:  There are a few red flags here that I think I would consider before jumping in with both feet. The first being that you don’t have any lease whatsoever, no contract to protect your rights as a tenant. Even though you have a few things in writing they clearly don’t have their act together enough to follow it. If they knew the previous tenant had paid until Monday they shouldn’t have agreed to a move-in date on Saturday, that was their mistake from the get go.

Also, this timeline leaves no room for any damaged items, a proper walk through inspection with the old tenants or the new ones (you) nor does it give you time to prepare the apartment in case it is left in a dirty condition. While you say you will clean the apartment legally YOU shouldn’t have to. I understand that you say that out of frustration but at the same time you have rights as well. I hope that the move does go smoothly and that you can work things out quickly. In the mean time I would highly suggest you discuss with them signing a lease, even if it is month to month.

Post # 13
1806 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - EDD Aug '15

If the previous tenants have paid up to Monday, then that’s fair enough on their behalf. The bad person here is your landlord. They should also arrange to have the apartment professionally cleaned and checked…. think of all the dust and hairs left behind by the previous tenants.. ewww.

Talk to your landlord and ask for other options. This situation is ridiculous. And I am also moving house today as it happens.

Post # 15
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

That really sucks. Where I live most tenancy agreements are fixed term so you have to be out when you say so – but fortunately almost all are 1 Jan – 31 Dec and you literally say hi to the people moving out when you walk in the door… So I know the feeling of getting everything done in a short space of time.

My suggestion? Pack everything up into one room, boxed so it can be carried directly into the truck on Monday – do this over this weekend… including putting the bed in plastic and the couches stacked. We have an inflatable airbed for camping and sleeping bags that we use in the living room which we pack up in 2min on the last morning, keep only 2 plates, sets out cutlery out etc etc so that the day of moving is simply putting boxes into the truck, vacuum and last clean out of the fridge. Then when you move in to the new place, do the reverse.

It does sound very disappointing, and having to move this way is certainly a lot more work and stress than doing it slowly over a weekend. Do you think the new tenants would mind you moving in as they are still moving out? Is it possible to set this up?

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