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If someone doesn't live at your house and you let them store some things temporarily that you want moved now..?

You told them had to be moved by a certain time,but now they won't move the things

can you legally make them?

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  • L
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    As long as you notified them and give them a date to get their stuff and they refuse to get it all.............Donate it.

  • 1 month ago

    ^The police said I could put  it out on the curb if I wanted to as long as there were no expensive electronics etc and just let them know but keep eye von to let passersby know not to bother it till they came got it

  • 1 month ago

    Laws vary regarding "bailment" and "abandoned property", so find out what yours are before you get into trouble.

    You cannot legally MAKE anyone do ANYTHING.  You can provide incentives for them to do what you want them to, as provided by law. You can seek the power of courts, if you want more leverage.

    You are the "custodian" of their property and may technically be responsible for reasonable protection of their things until they say otherwise or come and collect their things. A lot of it depends upon the specific circumstances of how you got the stuff, the purpose of having it, what it's worth, how hard it is to store, etc.  There are, for example, specific laws (in many places) dealing with goods left by a former "tenant", if you were their landlord, and depending upon whether they were evicted or left voluntarily and whether you had some additional "agreement" with them.

    In the USA, state laws vary regarding the details, but typically you would need to send them a certified letter (to prove receipt) that lists the things, what the agreement was, each time you previously asked them to move their things, and a demand that it be done by a certain date (e.g., 30 days). Some laws also allow (or require) you to say what will happen if they don't comply, and may restrict your options. Some laws require you to send another letter with a notice of public auction of their stuff (at some time and place), unless they act sooner. Other laws may allow you to "dispose" of their things, or to consider them yours, as having been "legally abandoned", after the expiration of the statutory dates on the required letters.  You might even have to keep the money you make at auction separate, in case they show up within the next year or two.

    You cannot simply take things that aren't yours, or place them outside, unless you want to end up being sued for replevin and conversion and criminally charged, maybe as theft or malicious destruction of goods, for failing to act in accordance with the law.

    I have been storing stuff for multiple different friends for well over 20 years and we still agree that I'm okay with it, from time to time.  We even packed up and moved when we changed homes some years ago and simply notified them where to find "their stuff", whenever they are good and ready.  Once we get tired of it, we'll give them a phone call and they'll either show up or they'll get a certified letter telling them what happens if they don't.  Pretty simple in some places and pretty complicated in others.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yes, but MOST States require LEGAL warning - a letter giving them 30 days to remove their property after which time you can and will dispose of it - which involves writing a letter and sending it certified mail so you have proof of delivery.

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  • 1 month ago

    You have to follow abandoned property laws for your state.  

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Check your state's laws on "abandoned personal property" and proceed from there.  You can't "legally make them" pick up their property.

  • 1 month ago

    please see a local property rights attorney.  we haven't a clue where you are, so do not know the laws to apply

  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    You give them notice to move the items by x date in writing otherwise the item will be thrown away, donated, sold

  • Tavy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Not legally no, but you can say  you will put them outside and if they are stolen, tough.

  • 1 month ago

    Yeah you just put the stuff outside somewhere and let them know where they can find it.  End of story.

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