I had renters who did not pay rent for 5 months who have moved out but left some of their personal items. What are my rights as for disposing of these items? They have been vacated for 27 days. The last contact I had with them was on Feb. 11th and they said they were going to come the next day to get their items and pay back rent. They have not made any attempts to pay or retrieve their property since then. My main question is can I sell these items to recover lost income from lack of rent payments and if so when can I do this and is there any notice I need to give to the previous renters. Thank you
1 Answer from Attorneys
If you can still contact the tenants via telephone or mail then I would do that so that you can make one more attempt to return their items. If you are certain that the tenants have abandoned the items then you can do with them as you please. However if you are wrong in that determination, the tenants may come back and sue you for the value of the lost items. If you are seeking to collect against the tenants, you should sue them, get a judgment and then proceed with collection against the tenants.