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Thank you for your question.The officers are not quite correct. It is true that if a person resides on premises, their items cannot be disturbed. However, if they moved out and 'abandoned' the premises, which appears to be the case as they refused to return, then the landlord CAN change the locks and after giving adequate written notice, can pack, store, or even dispose of the personal affects of the tenants. Whether they are tenants or occupants is not relevant, if they left with no expectation of coming back, even if they left their items behind they are still formally no longer residing on premises. You may want to write a formal certified letter giving them 30 days to pick up theirs things under your supervision, or you will either dispose off it as you see fit. That is legal and permitted since they no longer reside with you.Good luck.
The one officer said that the law (Missouri) recently changed so that if they are not paying rent then they are considered "guests". They didn't leave on their own, we were required to leave the premises by the city and I told them the 4 of them were not welcome to come back to live here anymore/again. They are mad and vindictive and making my life hell and I need to know for how long I am required to hold onto their belongings since they won't take the stuff and cats, or let me bring it to them using this as a premise for still living here to get their mail here.
I'm in Missouri, the 2 adults, with 2 children who were staying here won't remove their property or 2 cats using this as a ruse to use my address technically for mail and a legal address so they can't be labeled as homeless but tell me that they are living in their cars. They say that as long as they have property in my home then technically they can say they live here and even though they are not welcome and I have been sending their mail back when it comes because they still won't put in a change of address either. I simply want their stuff off and out of my property. They say that the 30 day notice which I told them would be December 07, 2012 doesn't apply to them, I don't understand how this can be, she has a Missouri dr. license, not sure about him. The officer said that a MO. law recently changed to anyone whom is paying rent with receipts (which they would/could forge) are considered "guests". I simply want them to take or be able to dispose of their property and cats as none of this stuff did I agree from the time the city asked us to vacate till now to protect/hang on to until they were ready to remove at their convenience, I have even offered to take loads to their storage facility and she told me to stop harrassing them or she would call the police.Am I going to have to let them blackmail me /keep me in limbo forever and the neighbors are calling them everytime I do or carry something outside.Why do I have to be responsible for them concerning them moving on or their welfare at the present? I was told their status was tenants at will.If someone can help me then I can be reached through my e-mail as it is getting late , I work graveyard and I'm not normally up at this time of day but because they decided to cause trouble again today. I am.
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