Is furniture left from previous tenant in my apartment mine?

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Is furniture left from previous tenant in my apartment mine?

Hello, a previous tenant moved out of my current apartment four months ago. They
left their patio furniture on my patio with a verbal intention of coming in
spring to pick it up. After one month of their departure, I asked the previous
tenant to pick up the furniture by February 1st as we do not want to be providing
free storage to them. The furniture was never picked up by February 1 and they
now want to pick up the furniture. Do they have this right? I live in state of

Asked on April 4, 2019 under Real Estate Law, Connecticut


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, they have that right: unless they stated that they were abandoning th property, they did not give up their right to it. There are ways that you could have disposed of it (put it out on the sidewalk, so to speak) if they did not pick it up after proper written notice, since you are not obligated to store it for them for free--but that's not what happened here: you held onto it. Still having possession of (not properly dispossing of it after notice), they can pick it up--they are still the owners.

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