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Tell me why my friend of 10 years, that lived with me left

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tell me why my friend of 10 years, that lived with me left home on 12/30/2015.
he said he was coming back and i have seen him once in a while but only for minutes. he is driving a rented car, but will not give me back the keys to my second car. he says he needs it for work because his tools are in it. he won't give me back the house keys, my second set to my car, and my garage door openers. I don't know where he is, and he does not answer my phone calls. I don't get. he left his citizenship papers here, his computers, and his clothes.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: General
Expert:  RONB-ESQ replied 1 year ago.

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You did not provide the state you reside in so I will just provide a general answer and you are welcome to follow up and provide your state if you want more specific information.

I can't answer the question you pose as to why your friend will not communicate with you as I have no knowledge of what may have transpired between the two of you etc., you likely have a good ideal as to why and should go with your gut on that question.

I can tell you that at some point you may want to legally regain possession of your vehicle, garage door opener and keys. If this continues, which it has only been 10 days at this point and I don't know if he has a habit of doing this or if he usually keeps you updated as to where he will be, etc and this just caught you by surprise.

In the event this continues and you decide it may be permanent you may want to make one final request for your keys, garage door opener & vehicle. In the same communication (I am guessing you can leave a voice mail or send email) you may want to advise him that his belongings will be moved into storage and he will need to pay for the storage or in the alternative you could provide him notice and place his items in one of the public storage facilities that charge $1 the first month and just tell him to pick up a key for the lock from you and he will need to either pay future bills or the storage facility will likely just sell the contents.

Again I am presuming alot here and you may have no intention of doing away with your relationship whatever that may be at this time. If you are the owner on the title of the vehicle and it comes to it you can hire a repo company to repo the car and return it to you. They are very good at tracking individuals and finding vehicles. If he won't return your keys, etc you may need to rekey your home/ or request this from your landlord and change out the code to the garage door opener. Your vehicle keys will be more expensive and if you think there is any chance of him taking your car you can go to the dealership and have them change the car door key as well (fairly expensive)

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Regards,

Ron

Expert:  RONB-ESQ replied 1 year ago.

Just checking in to see if the information I provided assisted you in answered your general question? If not please ask me follow up questions.

Ron