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Nice set, wrong color. Easier to move when it’s been through a few rain storms.

Yep … this long hard winter was the perfect conditions to grow a bumper crop of couches, tables and otherwise unwanted flotsam and jetsam. Thanks, hillside college renters and rental management companies for leaving us such a wonderful selection of soggy furniture from which we can choose, some come with bedbugs! All attempts at being snide aside, WTF!!! Since when is OK to dump your crap on the corner and move away? When is it OK for landlords to inflict their ex-tenants’ wet furniture on their neighbors? I’ll tell you when … when you live in the Duluth Hillside and Endion … UMD’s unofficial student housing. Have budget cuts curtailed the annual spring rubbish removal? The couch on 19th and Fifth moved from one side to the other? Did the landlord think it was hurting his chances of renting the house that was just vacated?

10 Comment(s)

  1. I think I saw a big old truck on UMD’s parking lot area during the “move out” time period. Maybe because it was raining like crazy folks didn’t remove it from the apartment to the truck? Seems like such a freaking waste to me to let used furniture rot outside.

    kerc | Jun 15, 2014 | New Comment
  2. We have/had a Spring rubbish removal?

    Alyssa | Jun 15, 2014 | New Comment
  3. As someone who moves a lot, what are some cost-effective alternatives to leaving it out and hoping a passerby/garbage truck takes it?

    Makoons | Jun 16, 2014 | New Comment
  4. UMD has a move out program. Whether or not students take the initiative to use it is up to them.

    Natalie Brown | Jun 16, 2014 | New Comment
  5. Cost-effective method = offer it for free on Craigslist or Freecycle. Or if it is in bad enough shape to actually be trash, take it to the WLSSD collection site, which charges a small fee for taking things.

    People leaving stuff out on the curb pushes the problem onto everyone else. If landlords have to pay to have it hauled away, then landlords will raise the rent. If the city has to deal with it, they raise the rental fees to cover junk pickup. This is not cost effective to anyone, except maybe in the short term to the person who is leaving the items out.

    There are plenty of ways to take care of disposing of unwanted items that do not put the responsibility on someone else. Just because it is not free or convenient to dispose of items does not mean it is OK to leave trash out in public.

    Also, Goodwill will come pick up items that are still in decent shape.

    MomAH | Jun 16, 2014 | New Comment
  6. I’m not trying to argue for people who leave their stuff out when they move. Looking back, I think I just didn’t realize the harm in doing so. So, for my own future reference, I thought I’d ask what the alternatives are. So thank you for giving me some.

    Makoons | Jun 17, 2014 | New Comment
  7. The couch/carpet combo at 18th E and 5th won’t be a problem for too much longer, because the grass in the vacant lot it was dumped in will swallow it up.

    brian | Jun 17, 2014 | New Comment
  8. and Baci, if you have a couple of Tyvek suits, I’d help you move the plaid bedbug couch back to the porch of the house it came from. We could spray paint the “For Rent” number on it so it’s easier to see than that little sign in the yard.

    brian | Jun 17, 2014 | New Comment
  9. I’ve been ready to do that for a week, Patrice wont let me near it for fear of the bed bugs the tenants claimed made them move. Might it suffer spontaneous combustion?

    baci | Jun 17, 2014 | New Comment
  10. The property owners should be fined for this sort of thing. That way, if it’s a landlord, they would be more likely to make sure they withhold a damage deposit until they’re sure the property is properly cleared. And, if it’s a tenant, they might be more likely to dispose of these blights in a more considerate manner. It’s just irresponsible to foist this on the neighbors.

    pats | Jun 18, 2014 | New Comment

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