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Removing a Mezuzah Permanently

Removing a Mezuzah Permanently

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I'm moving to a hew home. Can I remove the mezuzahs from the doorposts when I leave?

As a rule, a mezuzah should not be removed from a doorpost, leaving the room or house without a mezuzah, unless it will be put back or replaced with another mezuzah.

Thus, when moving to another house or apartment and the next tenant is Jewish, the mezuzahs should not be removed, unless there is concern that if the mezuzahs are left behind they would be discarded or defaced.

If the new occupant has his own mezuzahs and wishes to use them rather than the ones you leave on the doorpost, it is preferred that the new occupant should himself remove your mezuzahs when installing his own, or that, at least, it should be he who instructs you to remove the mezuzahs. This law is a very serious matter and should not be treated lightly. A competent rabbi should be consulted if in doubt as to how to proceed.

If the new occupant wants the mezuzahs, you are obligated to leave all of the mezuzahs in their place. If your mezuzahs are of a high quality and expensive, you may replace them with less expensive ones before you leave, providing that they are 100% kosher. The mezuzah cases may certainly be exchanged for inexpensive mezuzah covers.

You may also request that the new occupant pay you for the mezuzahs, in which case one will be obligated to compensate for the mezuzahs at fair market value.

If one is in the midst of moving and temporarily owns two homes and is actually living in both homes, or storing items in both homes, then one is obligated to have mezuzahs in both homes.

Compiled by Dovid Zaklikowskii, based on materials by Rabbi Aaron Wolf, Lubavitch of Center City Philadelphia, and other sources.
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August 23, 2013
Construction
The mezuzot should be remounted afterward as explained in the final section of this page.
Rochel Chein for chabad.org
August 19, 2013
what about temporarily?
I'm about to embark on a major construction project (taking walls down). What should I do regarding my mezuzas?
Anonymous
NYC metro
September 27, 2010
renting out my flat
I am moving from my flat into a house we just purchased.
Does the flat I am vacating and renting out (no tenants have yet been found) need mezuzot?

many thanks
Anonymous
london
January 22, 2010
RE: Rented house
Since that the non-Jewish property owner has no obligation to have mezuzahs on his doorways, you should take yours with you when leaving.
Menachem Posner for Chabad.org
January 20, 2010
rented house to purchased house
I now live in a rented house and have affixed my own mezuzah. When I move to my own house, I don't know who will be living in the house next, whether Jewish or not. Can I then take my mezuzah for my new house?
Anonymous
Boca Raton, FL
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