If I let my girlfriend stay with me while she was out of work, can I throw her stuff out?

UPDATED: Aug 20, 2012

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If I let my girlfriend stay with me while she was out of work, can I throw her stuff out?

She was not on lease and never paid any rent just a houseguest. Then 10 days ago she relapsed on alcohol and has been on a drinking binge ever since; 3 days ago she took her clothes to a hotel but left the rest of the belongings being stored here. She refuses to come pick them up. I want it and her drama gone for good. What can I do with her stuff. Locks were changed and she can’t get back in.

Asked on August 20, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Ohio


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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

I suggest that you do not htrow your house guest's belongings away in that should you do so, you could be liable for the costs of the fair market value of such. I suggest that you write the house guest a note (keep a copy for future use and need) advising her to pick up the items by a certain date and time and if not, such items will be taken to an offsite storage facility where a lease will be placed in her name and she will need to keep the rental current.

If the due date for pick up comes and goes, then follow through with your intentions and take the items to an offsite storage facility and mail her a copy of the lease. Keep a copy of all sent to her for future use and reference.

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