What to do if my girlfriend brought personal property to my house while we were dating but we broke up over a month ago and some of that property still remains?

She was never a legal tenant here (she never paid rent, signed a lease, etc) and she maintained her own apartment. Due to falling in with a drug crowd, we are no longer on speaking terms. What does the law have to say about the disposition of this property? Can I legally claim it as mine now that it’s beyond 30 days? Again, she was never a tenant here.

Asked on September 13, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Wisconsin


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No, I would not do that.  Her leaving the apartment  - for what ever reason - and leaving items could be seen as a bailment situation where doing anything with the items would be conversion under the law.  Ask her - or ask a mutual friend to ask her - to come get or consider "evicting" her and having the marshall come get it.  Good luck.

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