Had a 20 day restraining order, then since I could not show up for court due to job it was disolved, now he has not tried to come and get an entire garage full of equipment. How long do I have to legally keep it?He was never on the lease and no bills were ever in his name connected to the property.
This is probably more of a judgment call for you, but it would be decent of you to keep it for a reasonable amount of time and not get rid of it or throw it out. Try and offer some reminders or let him know he needs to come pick things up soon and you cannot hold it forever... then if he continues to leave it there, perhaps you can remove it to storage or some other solution.
There is no set time, really a judgement call for you
As stated it does seem like a judgment call. I think to fully protect yourself you should treat the property as a landlord would treat abandoned property. Provide notice to him that he has 15 days to pick it up, otherwise you will junk it. Keep it stored as is during the 15 days. And not knowing the circumstances behind the DVPO, you'd probably want to make sure one or two neutral parties are also present if/when he does pick the items up. Or alternatively, tell him to call you prior to coming so that you can put his stuff outside and avoid face-to-face contact. You should probably also inform him that the notice is not an invitation to come into your residence and that you explicitly do not want contact with him.
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