I am on the other side of this equation. I work for a large equipment leasing company. Companies needing a particular piece of gear call us up, we agree on terms, then we buy it and they pay us on a monthly basis. What happens to it at the end of term can vary case by case, and we agree on that when we write the contract.
Basically, we own things on behalf of other people. We have a very large line of credit, which we use to buy the things people want to lease. They pay us a tidy profit to have us deal with the hassle of owning it, and mostly of getting rid of it at the end. We don't mind this because we are very familiar with this process, so we have buyers for a lot of the things. Basically, everybody wins.