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I am a landlord...

I am a landlord. My tenant vacated voluntarily at end of lease 2 28 18. She has not removed her clothing and personal effects. Can I put her stuff in a storage unit at her expense.

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Colorado

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken so far?

We have contacted by text message as she will not answer our calls. She sent texts on 3 11 and 3 15 stating she would be there on those dates to remove her stuff. She did not show either time

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California laws require that you provide written notice to your former tenant regarding their abandoned property.

You can either hand deliver or mail the notice.

There is specific information that needs to be contained in that notice, it needs to include:

  • a description of the abandoned property
  • the location where the tenant can claim the property
  • the time frame that the tenant has to claim the property
  • a statement that reasonable storage costs will be charged to the tenant and the tenant must pay those costs before claiming the property, and
  • a statement that if the property is not claimed in time, it will either be sold or disposed of.

If you hand deliver the notice, your tenant has 15 days to comply.

If you mail the notice, they have 18 days to comply.

If your tenant still does not claim the property, then you can either keep it or sell it and keep the proceeds to recover your costs of storage, etc.

If you do decide to sell and you use a public auction forum, you do need to print notice of the auction in a local newspaper for 5 days in which time the tenant can still come claim the items.

If they don't, then you can move ahead with the public auction and keep any proceeds received.

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This case is in Colorado not California
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Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
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Under Colorado landlord-tenant laws, you are required to mail written notice to your former tenant, informing them of your intent to dispose of their property if it is not retrieved.

When sending notice you must:

  • use registered or certified mail
  • request a return receipt
  • specify that only the tenant may sign the receipt, and
  • mail the notice to the tenant’s last known address.

You must give your tenant 15 days from the date notice is received to retrieve their property.

If they do not retrieve their items, then you can sell them and keep the proceeds to cover your costs for storing the item, etc.

I hope that helps! Let me know if you still have any questions about this.

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