If my daughter and son-in-law lived with me for over a year prior to separating and she does not want the items still at my house, do I need to ask him about the items or can I just dispose of them?

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If my daughter and son-in-law lived with me for over a year prior to separating and she does not want the items still at my house, do I need to ask him about the items or can I just dispose of them?

He has moved 2 states away.

Asked on October 15, 2016 under Real Estate Law, Kentucky

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you should, to avoid any claim or charge that you stole them. Send him a letter, sent some way or ways you can prove delivery (like certified mail, or federal express with tracking) stating the he left his items behind and that he has, say, 30 days to make arrangments to retrieve them, or you will consider the items abandoned and dispose of them as you see fit. Send him a second reminder at the 15-day mark.
If after that he does not make arrangements to retrieve the items, dispose of them.  Save copies of the letters and the proofs of delivery.


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