They moved out without notice left the place a terrible mess. I don't know where they went. They fold me they will be back to get there stuff no time frame. I need to get into the house and clean it up so it can be sold. They are also very behind on rent..I don't know what my next step should be.
Add injury or insult and hire an attorney to do it right. You clearly have learned being a landlord may not be as easy and remunerative as it appears. Now hire an attorney and learn how to get rid of this teneant properly and with the least liability, perhaps collect the past due rent and most importantly avoid the same mistakes in the future.
Specifically I would be looking for an order of eviction and a judgment for the past due rent and damages. You can try it alone at the district court with jurisdiction over the rental but it is clear from your question you really need an attorney.
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You need to file a summary proceeding (a landlord-tenant suit) in the District Court for possession and a money judgment. You also need to, if you haven't already, check to make sure your house is heated or winterized so that your pipes don't freeze which could cause thousands of $$ of damages. You need to take action ASAP.
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