Moving Expenses

By Tenant

What are moving expenses? Moving expenses by definition is the amount you spend when you move from one rental unit to another. Under normal circumstances, this expense is covered by the tenant.  So, when can moving expenses are shouldered by the landlord? In some states, there are laws saying that if the lease is terminated by the landlord due to reasons like, foreclosure or new tenant preferences the landlord is required to pay for moving expenses. The following are guidelines as to when a tenant can request for a full refund on moving expenses:

  • Need a rental unit for their own use. If the landlord breaks the lease because he/she needs to use the unit for personal use. Then the tenant is entitled for moving expenses as well as a little bit more time to find a unit. Technically, with issues like this, the landlord breaking the lease doesn’t mean the tenant have any choice but to move? If there was a signed agreement, the tenant can choose not to move until the lease expires.
  • Sell the unit and the new owner wants to move in. If the unit was sold and a new owner wants to move in, the tenant is left with nothing but to move. But, it still depends on the lease agreement because if an agreement is in place, even the new owners have to honor it or risk getting sued in court.
  • The unit is deemed inhabitable after a maintenance issue. If the roof was leaking for a long period of time and it fell down on the tenant, they have to move. If it the problem was reported beforehand and the landlord took less action or did not do anything. The landlord can shoulder the expenses for moving out. If the problem was there and the landlord was not notified in anyway, the tenant is responsible for paying the cost of the damage plus the expenses of moving.

Edited on: Sunday, December 15th, 2013 7:13 am

15 Responses to “Moving Expenses”

My response: (We welcome stories, examples, explanations, answers and a touch of your personality)


March 30th, 2013 1:40 am

What if the unit is uninhabitable after a hurricane? Will the landlord cover for the cost of moving?


March 30th, 2013 11:40 am

@comment above. I don’t think so. But it depends on the landlord and tenant.


March 30th, 2013 10:00 pm

Is there any law available that states that the landlord can give moving expenses for a certain reason?


March 31st, 2013 8:20 am

Can I ask for my full security deposit back plus moving expenses if my landlord break my lease?


March 31st, 2013 6:00 pm

We had a misunderstanding with our landlord; he wants us out because of the misunderstanding. We still have a few months left on our lease agreement; can I demand him to pay our moving expenses?


April 1st, 2013 3:40 am

If our apartment is determined uninhabitable by a professional


April 1st, 2013 1:40 pm

I have bedbugs in my apartment and my landlord does not want to pay for the treatment. I want to move out so badly but cannot afford to pay for the trucks; can I ask my landlord to pay for them since he won’t pay for the bed bug treatment?


April 1st, 2013 11:20 pm

Are you crazy? Why would you ask your landlord to pay for your moving expenses?


April 2nd, 2013 9:20 am

Who are you calling crazy? Shouldn’t my landlord be responsible for paying my moving trucks when he is the reason why I am moving out?


April 2nd, 2013 7:40 pm

As a landlord


April 3rd, 2013 5:40 am

I will consider paying half of the moving expenses but not all of it.


April 3rd, 2013 3:40 pm

I will not leave the property until my landlord pay for my moving expenses. LOL


April 4th, 2013 2:00 am

I hate to be rude and mean but moving expenses are a tenant’s responsibility and not the landlord. If the landlord will sell his rental unit and needs to move out


April 4th, 2013 12:20 pm

So true! We need to know our rights first before demanding someone to pay for our behalf.


April 4th, 2013 10:20 pm

Moving expenses are not cheap


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