How long after a break-up does an ex-boyfriend have to remove his things?

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How long after a break-up does an ex-boyfriend have to remove his things?

After sharing an apartment for only 9 months, a couple splits. There are no kids. The lease in in the girl friends name. It was her place before they met. How long does he have to remove his belongings? He promised to remove them within 10 days. What are her options and responsibilities if he fails to follow through?

Asked on October 23, 2010 under Real Estate Law, Wisconsin

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately there is no law on the books covering this type of matter.  Was he a guest?  A month to month tenant?  At this point you can not touch his things for fear of having you be accused of "conversion" and that would be a pain.  So I would send him a letter by certified mail and give him a time frame to get them out and ask him to set up a day and time certain.  If he does not then you may have to "evict" him to be able to legally move his things to the curb or have the sheriff do it.  You could also place them is storage but that could get expensive and hard to collect. Good luck. 


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