If I had a roommate who moved out 18 months ago but left their car in my garage, what are my options for getting title or a lien on the car?

I hve tried to contact them but cannot reach them.

Asked on September 17, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Florida

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Good question. If you know where this former roommate moved, send him or her a note setting forth a monthly rental for the vehicle's storage while keeping a copy for future use and need.

If you do not receive a reply in thirty (30) days or so, go down to the local department of motor vehicles and fill out the necessarily application with required notice to auction off the car. Conduct the auction per code. If the lien per statute for storage is paid off by a third party, you get your money and your get rid of the car where the successful bidder can get title transferred to him or her by the department of motor vehicles. If you are the successful bidder via a credit bid on money owed you for storage or you plave your own money for the bid or a combination of the above, then you fill out the necessarily paper work with the local department of motor vehicles so that you can have title to the car transferred into your name.


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