Tenant was several mo's behind in rent, ended up getting arrested. Landlord found out about 2 mo's later. At 3 mo's mark, tenant was sentenced to almost a year and a half. What are landlord's rights & caveats regarding disposition of tenant's personal property?
Should landlord put items into storage?
Can items be withheld until tenant makes payment?
Must landlord release items and hope for reimbursement of storage costs? Or file suit if not paid?
Is landlord allowed to let tenant's friends into apt to remove items?
If so, is some sort of written/signed document necessary to give permission & protect landlord?
Or will this set landlord up for suit by tenant?
NOTE - one friend has offered to take some but not all items. Family not willing to help out as they are estranged from tenant.