Legal Question in Landlord & Tenant Law in Florida

Roommate Abandonment

I had a roommate who was not on the lease, whom never paid me rent. He left my house 2 weeks ago without notice or payment. All of his stuff is still in my home. How long do I have to wait until I can sell it?

Asked on 10/10/07, 5:44 pm

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Scott R. Jay Law Offices of Scott R. Jay

Re: Roommate Abandonment

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The law is silent on this situation. You should therefore make every effort to contact the roommate before doing anything to his property. Send a certified letter to him at his parent's home or to his last known address (which might be your residence) telling him to pick up his property . If he left forwarding information with the post office, it will get to him. If the letter comes back undelivered save it for evidence in case anything ever develops out of this matter. You should wait a reasonable time before discarding or selling anything.

Scott R. Jay, Esq.

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Answered on 10/10/07, 10:54 pm

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