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DID YOU GIVE THE CUSTOMER ANY KIND OF RECEIPT or other document which established the daily charge and stated any kind of terms for the space rental? Have you tried to contact the owner using the information that you obtained from the Indiana tag?
There is a common myth that a person can charge an owner's storage for personal property that has been abandoned in their possession. Licensed storage facilities are the only ones (except self-storage) who can sell a person's property for storage charges. All you can do is lock it down so they can't come and get it at 3 a.m. and hope they eventually show up to claim it. I know that people claim lien rights and sell someones property all the time, and think it's legal. But it isn't, so be aware of the risks involved.
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That statute might not apply exactly to your situation of an abandoned trailer. I will opt out to see if anyone else has any ideas for you.
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If I were going to do this as an attorney, this is what I would do to get the most effective resolution. I would use the last know address information for the owner to set him up for an breach of contract, breach of bailment, and/or abandonment claim. First, send out a letter via certified mail, return receipt to that address informing the owner that he has 30 days from the date of receipt to come pick up the trailer in exchange for paying an accrued storage fee of $XYZ; and that if he fails to pay the fee and come pick up the trailer, it will be considered abandoned property and you will dispose of it as provided for under the law.
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Assuming that the letter is ignored or comes back undelivered, you can then file a suit against the owner under one or more of the claims I mentioned. You will then try to serve the suit on the owner at the last known address. If that fails, you ask the court for permission to serve the suit by publication in a newspaper. If the owner fails to respond, you will win by default and you can ask the judge to award you title to the trailer as your damages. The court order to this effect can then be used by the GA DMV to title the trailer in your name.
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