What to do if I had a neighbor who was evicted several years ago and left a 63″ television and some DVD players at my apartment?

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What to do if I had a neighbor who was evicted several years ago and left a 63″ television and some DVD players at my apartment?

He hasn’t made any attempt to pick them up or have them picked up. What’s the process on charging for storage? How do I write a bill for storage or what am I legally allowed to do after this long with the items?

Asked on November 20, 2014 under Business Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

You can't charge for storage if you allowed your neighbor to leave things with you, unless at the time he/she agreed to pay storage charges; but without a prior agreement, there is no legal basis for charging him or her. Send him or her a letter, sent some way you prove delivery, giving him/she 30 days to pick up his/her stuff, or else you will consider the property abandoned and dispose of it as you see fit. If the former neighbor doesn't collect it in 30 days, throw out, keep it, sell it, etc.--whatever you want.


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