The ear = property metaphor works out pretty well when you think about it.
Except I would say I “rent” my ears the first time and if it’s utter negative it’s more like a hot-sheets motel stay.
Get past that stage, then, fine, I’m lending my ears to these folks. End of the year and the four months after are when we decide to renew.
Sometimes there’s long term renew and sometimes there’s transfer to ownership.
Ted Nugent is the only guy I’ve had to evict with a shotgun.