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A tenant rented out my garage and left his car there. It has

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A tenant rented out my garage and left his car there. It has been over 3 years since I last saw the tenant. Can I get rid of the car. I am located in Queens NY
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Expert:  LandlordTenantAnswer replied 9 months ago.

Hi! I will be the professional that will be helping you today. I look forward to providing you with information to help with your question and concern

Expert:  LandlordTenantAnswer replied 9 months ago.

So the vehicle has been sitting for 3 years? Have you tried contacting them to remove and retrieve it?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
He went to jail for 5 years drug related. No have not tried to contact
Expert:  LandlordTenantAnswer replied 9 months ago.

In a situation like this, you can not be expected to simply store the vehicle for him, without getting paid for the usage of the garage. Moreover, if he is in jail, then he should have given someone POA of his affairs and allowed them to retrieve the vehicle. Based upon the fact that it has still remained and you want it removed and he has another 2 years in jail, your best option is likely to be to have it towed off your property. I have also provided a link, from NY, that advises on how to handle abandoned and unclaimed vehicles.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
No legal ramifictions having it towed
Expert:  LandlordTenantAnswer replied 9 months ago.

There should not be any. It is not as if you are taking possession of it, selling it or doing something with it, other then having it removed from your property, after 3 years. At that point, they will send him any required notice and/or you can do the same, to his last known address, advising that the vehicle has been towed and being held

Expert:  LandlordTenantAnswer replied 9 months ago.

Why have you wait all this time, if you do not mind me asking?

Expert:  LandlordTenantAnswer replied 9 months ago.

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