Tuesday, May 08, 2007
What to do with abandoned property?
Q: I allowed a friend of mine to store her stuff in my spare bedroom. It was only supposed to be here for a week, and it has now been over a month since she has dropped off her stuff. I have tried contacting her to get her things out, but have had no luck.

At this point I am ready to put it out for trash pick up, but I'm just not sure what to do. I don't have the room to store it any longer. I'm not sure of the legalities of other peoples items in my property.

A: You may not be liable for the items being "abandoned" by the owner after a certain period of time, however this depends upon the circumstances of your arrangement (contract, verbal, rental, if money was exchanged, etc.). I suggest you contact a consumer law resource or an attorney to best help you with this so you do not end up being sued.
posted by South Bend Police Department @ 12:00 PM  

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