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You said that they just brought some more stuff over to store in your basement last week? Did you allow them to do that? If so, did you happen to have a conversation with them at that time about when they were planning to remove their things? Thanks so much!
I understand, thank you. What you have here is a bailment situation. Bailment describes a legal relationship in common law where physical possession of personal property, or a chattel, is transferred from one person (the 'bailor') to another person (the 'bailee') who subsequently has possession of the property. It arises when a person gives property to someone else for safekeeping, and is a cause of action independent of contract or tort.
If you, as the bailee, do not use reasonable care in the safe-keeping of your neighbor's (bailor) things, they can actually hold you accountable for any damages as a result.
In any case, with regard to if they abandon the property, you still would have to given then a written notice saying they had to come and get their things within 30 days or that they would forfeit them.
If they did not get them after the 30 day time period was up, you could assume there things are your own or start charging a storage fee for them.
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Thanks for the advice. I will prepare a letter to send to them (certified) if I find an address hand to them. I will hand it to them, with witnesses, if and when I see them.