How to get a guest’s belongings legally off my property?

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How to get a guest’s belongings legally off my property?

Niece was a house guest for 6 months. She left with some of her belongings and left the rest on my patio, including with a motorcycle in her husband’s name, whom she’s divorcing. I’m planning on moving out and renting the house.

Asked on July 21, 2011 California

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

First write your niece a letter stating that she need to get her belongings off your proeprty in a stated amount of time and if not, you will consider the items abandoned and will dispose of them as you see fit.

Keep a copy of the letter for future reference.

If the items are not picked up by your niece who was a house guest and not a tenant of yours in the demanded time period, dispose of the items any way you seem appropriate. They can be thrown away, given to a friend or donated to charity.

If your niece ignores the request to get her items, then she obviously no longer wants them.

Good luck.


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