2. Tell your landlord your plans

Often problems can be avoided with better communication.

Moving early

For example, you might plan to move big items like furniture one day, and 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 .

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

Moving late

You should also tell your landlord if you will not be able to get all your things 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 safest 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 intend to abandon your belongings.

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