Tenant got evicted, lock is changed, what do i do with tenant belongings? do i throw them in garbages? store him or sell them ?

Asked 10 months ago - Hollywood, FL

how about the tenant belongings, what happen to them? do i have to babysit his stuff until he or she wants to come back to pick them up. therefore unable to rent the premise to someone else or pay out of my own pocket Uhaul fee to rent a truck and take them to the storage? do i sell his or her stuff to collect the rent since i have a writ of possession?

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  1. Carol Lynne Zimmerly

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    Answered . Putting a lien on the items is usually not worth your time or money. Put the stuff on the curb now. If it is still there 24 hours later, then throw away. make sure you are in compliance with the neighborhood / community rules so you don't get cited for garbage on the curb. Since a writ of possession was issued, you have no liability for the stuff left behind.

  2. Gregg Harrison Glickstein

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    Answered . The disposition of the tenant’s personal property is governed by Chapter 715, Florida Statutes; specifically, sections 715.04-715.111. These sections provide comprehensive rules for notification to the former tenant or other owner of such personal property, based on the value of the personal property left behind, as well as the release, storage, sale and other disposition of such personal property. Alternatively, section 83.67(5), Florida Statutes provides:

    If provided in the rental agreement or a written agreement separate from the rental agreement, upon surrender or abandonment by the tenant, the landlord is not required to comply with s. 715.104 and is not liable or responsible for storage or disposition of the tenant’s personal property; if provided in the rental agreement, there must be printed or clearly stamped on such rental agreement a legend in substantially the following form:

    BY SIGNING THIS RENTAL AGREEMENT, THE TENANT AGREES THAT UPON SURRENDER, ABANDONMENT, OR RECOVERY OF POSSESSION OF THE DWELLING UNIT DUE TO THE DEATH OF THE LAST REMAINING TENANT, AS PROVIDED BY CHAPTER 83, FLORIDA STATUTES, THE LANDLORD SHALL NOT BE LIABLE OR RESPONSIBLE FOR STORAGE OR DISPOSITION OF THE TENANT’S PERSONAL PROPERTY.

  3. Aaron Scott Hill

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    Answered . Contact a local attorney, some jurisdictions allow the landlord in your possession to have a lien on the property, I am not sure about Florida. Even if the lien is allowed, you may have to jump through a hoop or two to sell them.

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