R. JUDAH RULED: IF THE HOUSEHOLDER HAS THERE ANY HOLDING THE TENANT IMPOSES NO RESTRICTIONS.
Meaning, if the owner of a property has items stored within it, the resident does not have ownership in the eruv and if he forgot to contribute it does not create restrictions for anyone else.
This leads to a story about wealthy owners. It should be remembered that rabbinic stories often have the wealthy as the object of jokes, or as normally greedy and being made to see the light of their responsibility by a wise rabbi. Here, however, the relationship is different:
The son of Bonyis (a very wealthy man) once visited Rabbi. ‘Make room’, the latter called out, ‘for the owner of a hundred maneh’. Another person entered, when he called out ‘Make room for the owner of two hundred maneh’. ‘Master’, said R. Ishmael son of R. Jose to him, ‘the father of this man owns a thousand ships on the sea and a corresponding number of towns on land’. ‘When you meet his father’, the other replied: ‘tell him not to send him to me in such clothes’.
The wealthy should look the part!
Rabbi showed respect to rich men, and R. Akiba also showed respect to rich men, in agreement with an exposition made by Raba b. Mari: May he be enthroned before God for ever, appoint mercy and truth that they may preserve him,(Ps. 61:8) when ‘may he be enthroned before God for ever’? When he ‘appoint mercy and truth that they may preserve him’.
That is, the wealthy should be accorded respect (‘enthroned’) - when they fulfill their obligation to take care of (‘preserve’) those who are in need. Assuming they do!