We're moving to an apartment that is owned by a distant family member. We went by to finalize our plans to move there, and he mentioned that he was sure we wouldn't mind that he was going to leave a whole bunch of his junk in the apartment (filling up the entire and only closet).
We will be paying him rent (paying him, in fact, more than we're paying now for a our current apartment, which is much bigger than his), and it doesn't seem fair to me that while we are paying to live there, he will also be using the space for his storage. His reasoning is that we won't be staying there long--just a few months. But it's a very small apartment, and we need the space, and we can't afford to rent separate storage space while paying him rent (not to mention that that doesn't seem fair). I sympathize that not all his belongings fit into his adjacent living space, but once I'm paying him rent, I figure he can cram his extra stuff into his place and be a little crowded for a few months.
DP wants to just move his stuff to the most out of the way spot in the apartment without complaining to him about the stuff. I think we should say something to him about it, although I'm nervous about doing so because family relations are strained, and we need his apartment more than he needs us to live there (we can't find another lease of the right length besides his, and he wasn't planning on renting out the place this year at all). We also don't want to start things off on the wrong foot since we'll be sharing a wall with him. And we don't have any other place to live.
What do y'all think?